Hospital superbug probe is completed

AN investigation into an outbreak of a superbug at Ipswich Hospital is finished today.

AN investigation into an outbreak of a superbug at Ipswich Hospital is finished today.

The hospital launched the enquiry after eight elderly patients contracted the highly contagious

infection, Clostridium difficile (C-diff), while in Grundisburgh Ward.

The ward was closed to new admissions following the outbreak in the middle of June and reopened in July.

The investigation has now been concluded and it was decided the eight patients did not catch the infection from each other.

A hospital spokesman said: "An in-depth investigation into the unusually high numbers of patients with C-diff on one medical ward in June has now been completed.

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"The investigation was launched when eight patients were diagnosed with C-diff on Grundisburgh Ward.

"The investigation found that there were no clear identifiable links of cross infection between all eight patients. Each of the patients was an elderly, frail vulnerable person with multiple medical problems.

"Since the investigation began in June the hospital has looked at its working practices and an on-going programme to continue with improvements is in place."

Have you caught a superbug at Ipswich Hospital? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

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