UK: Precautionary steps
Posted: May 25th, 2012 - 12:07pm
Source: Lurgan Mail
It has emerged that precautions have been taken at Craigavon Hospital following the recent listeria outbreak.
One elderly patient died following the outbreak at Antrim and Causeway hospitals while five other cases have been reported.
The ‘MAIL’ understands that pre-prepared food items have been taken out of circulation in the hospitals as a precaution while the outbreak is investigated.
The Public Health Agency are responsible for leading a detailed investigation into the potential source of an outbreak of Listeria among hospital patients in Northern Ireland.
As a precautionary measure, and while this investigation is ongoing, PHA has recommended that some pre-prepared foods should not be served to hospital in-patients.
This is a precautionary measure while the PHA, along with the Food Standards Agency, Environmental Health officials and HSC Trusts, continue to investigate the potential source of this outbreak.
PHA has taken steps to reassure patients, their relatives and the public by producing a patient and visitor information leaflet ‘Preventing food poisoning at home and in healthcare settings’ and also a short factsheet on Listeria.