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STATEMENT FROM NHS GREATER GLASGOW

March 31, 2005 4:01 PM

The cardiothoracic unit at the Western Infirmary is not closed.  However, as a precaution, due to a rise in the incidence of MRSA in the unit, new admissions have been postponed. 
 
The hospital's microbiology and infection control teams are supervising a thorough deep clean of the ward and patients scheduled for admission tomorrow (Friday 01 April 2005) will be admitted as normal.
 
As a result of our proactive measures, 14 operations were postponed.  Three of these patients were diverted to the Golden Jubilee National Hospital to prevent delay in their surgery.  One patient will be admitted for surgery at the Western Infirmary tomorrow.  The remaining ten have been rescheduled over the next two weeks.
 
Four patients are stable and responding well to treatment for MRSA.  The cases are not linked as the types of MRSA are all different.  NHS Greater Glasgow's Consultant in Public Health Medicine, Dr Syed Ahmed, stressed, "This is not an outbreak but an unrelated increased number of cases.
 
"All patients admitted to the unit are routinely screened for MRSA as standard practice so that added precautionary measures can be taken to prevent infection."
 
MRSA is complex and many factors can affect its transmission in hospitals and healthcare facilities.  Patients can arrive at hospital carrying MRSA having acquired it in the community and some patients are more vulnerable to the infection due to their underlying medical condition or type of treatment.
 
 
ENDS
 
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