31/07/2007

Erne Hospital Closes Ward On MRSA Fear

Erne Hospital in County Fermanagh has closed down one of its wards after 10 patients have been diagnosed with the MRSA bug.

The Enniskillen hospital has closed the ward to new admissions as the elderly patients are closely monitored.

A spokeswoman for the Western Health and Social Care Trust has said that all the necessary precautions were being taken and that it is not yet clear whether the patients caught the MRSA infection at the hospital.

Barrier nursing procedures have been put in place and the patients have been isolated for further monitoring.

Marion Martin, the infection control nurse at the hospital, said that patients were sometimes infected with MRSA before they are admitted and that’s why the precautions have been put in place.

Gerry McHugh, Sinn Fein assembly member, said that this is a recurring problem that needs to be addressed.

(SB/SP)

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