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Bacteria delaying some QEH surgeries

SANKA PRICE, [email protected]

Bacteria delaying some QEH surgeries

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THE INCREASED PREVALENCE of two particular strains of bacteria at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) has resulted in some surgeries being delayed, while those who do undergo surgery are discharged within 48 hours of the procedure, if there are no complications.

One of the bacteria, klebsiella pneumonia, is affecting the High Dependency Unit, which provides specialist care for patients with serious medical and surgical conditions as they recover after surgery or a medical procedure. Wards A5 and B6 are also impacted.

So serious is the outbreak that a relative of an elderly patient was told by her doctor that they did not want to keep the senior there more than two days, as her weak immune system would make her more susceptible to infection. (SP)

Please read the full story in today’s Sunday Sun, or in the eNATION edition.