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MRSA baby death probe delay

PUBLISHED: 06:15 21 June 2005 | UPDATED: 05:56 02 March 2010

RESULTS of an investigation in to the death of baby Luke Day at Ipswich Hospital are to be delayed by at least a month, it emerged today.

Clinical experts currently carrying out inquiries at the hospital have decided they need to consult with other specialists outside the team to ensure everything is done thoroughly.

RESULTS of an investigation in to the death of baby Luke Day at Ipswich Hospital are to be delayed by at least a month, it emerged today.

Clinical experts currently carrying out inquiries at the hospital have decided they need to consult with other specialists outside the team to ensure everything is done thoroughly.

Jan Rowsell, spokeswoman for the hospital, said: “The panel has just advised that their report will be finalised by the end of July 2005.

“This is because they have sought the advice of clinical experts and are awaiting their viewpoints before compiling their final report.”

The hospital called in the team of experts, which includes representatives from the hospital, the Health Protection Agency and the strategic health authority, to hold an independent inquiry in to how two-day-old Luke contracted MRSA after their own investigations drew a blank.

Work has been ongoing since April and a full report on their findings was due to be released in June.

Ms Rowsell said the team are widening their investigation to include other experts because they want to ensure “no stone is left unturned”.

Julie Fenton, Luke's paternal grandmother, said: “The hospital have been keeping in much more regular contact with us since the investigation began and we have had a meeting with them.

“They assured us that if there was any uncertainty over anything they would consult more experts and I'm pleased to hear they are doing that.

“It shows that they are investigating thoroughly.”

The team started work on April 29 and began interviewing staff on May 16.

As well as looking into the circumstances that led up to Luke's death, the review will look more widely at the control and prevention of hospital-acquired infections within the trust.

The final report will be presented to The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust Board and to the Norfolk Suffolk and Cambridgeshire Strategic Health Authority Board in late July.

The findings of the review will be widely publicised and will also be available on the Trust's website.

weblink: www.ipswichhospital.org.uk


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