Following screening, five babies in the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, Paisley, have tested positive with MRSA on their skin (colonised). None of the babies have an MRSA infection and none are giving any cause for concern as a result of the colonised MRSA.
It is not unusual for MRSA to be found on the skin as it is common in the community and is present on the bodies of many people without causing any harm.
The situation is being monitored and staff are giving advice and reassurance to the parents and guardians.
Tom Walsh, Infection Control Manager, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said: “It is not unusual during routine screening to identify patients with MRSA on their skin as it relatively common in the wider community. Normally this does not cause any problems however staff will continue to closely monitor the condition of these babies until they are discharged.”
The SCBU and ICU are currently undergoing significant investment and refurbishment to make them among the most modern in Scotland.
As part of this work, plans were already agreed to move the SCBU into temporary accommodation and this area was brought into service today. This has allowed us to create two separate discrete clinical areas to care for babies currently being treated at the hospital.
The five colonised babies have been isolated and are being looked after in appropriate accommodation in the current SCBU, in accordance with relevant infection control procedures.
All other patients are being treated in the temporary SCBU facility.
Notes to Editors
People who have MRSA on their bodies or in their noses but who are unharmed by it are described as being colonised.
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