New hospital taps infection free

The latest water sample tests carried out on taps that have been replaced at Altnagelvin Hospital’s neonatal unit have shown no trace of the bacteria infection Pseudomonas.

All taps at the neonatal unit in Altnagelvin have been replaced after the bacteria infection was found in one of them.

In December, a baby died at Altnagelvin from a strain of the infection.

A meeting took place on Friday between the Western Trust’s Chief Executive and a Sinn Fein delegation to discuss the outbreak of Pseudomonas at Altnagelvin Hospital.

Dr Anne Kilgallen, medical director with the Western Trust, said parents should be reassured.

“Only a very small proportion of babies born anywhere in Northern Ireland actually require special care in a neonatal unit,” she said. “These are generally babies who are born very early.

“I can give an assurance that all babies who are cared for in our neonatal intensive care will be cared for in the highest standards, in terms of the clinical care and the infection prevention measures that are in place.”