An elderly patient has died in a ward in a community hospital, with Influenza B being a contributory factor.
A ward at Lightburn Hospital is closed to new patients due to an increase in the number of people who have tested positive for the virus.
The woman was one of a number of patients in a ward at Lightburn Hospital who had tested positive for influenza B. A further four patients have also tested positive for Influenza B, two of whom are giving cause for concern.
The ward has been closed to new admissions since 23 May and all the appropriate infection control measures are place. There have been no new cases since these measures were implemented.
Huma Changez, Consultant Microbiologist and Infection Control Doctor, said: “We would like to express our condolences to the family of the patient who has passed away. Our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.
“There is not a risk to the wider public from this isolated outbreak.”