We need your help now

Support from readers like you keeps The Journal open.

You are visiting us because we have something you value. Independent, unbiased news that tells the truth. Advertising revenue goes some way to support our mission, but this year it has not been enough.

If you've seen value in our reporting, please contribute what you can, so we can continue to produce accurate and meaningful journalism. For everyone who needs it.

A pedestrian walks past the Royal Maternity Hospital in Belfast yesterday AP Photo Colm O'Reilly

Deep clean under way at Belfast neo-natal ward

Four more babies were found to have the infection which is already believed to be responsible for the deaths of three infants at the unit.

A DEEP CLEAN is being carried out in the neo-natal ward in a Belfast maternity hospital where three babies died after an infection outbreak.

Four more babies have been found to have the infection, it was confirmed yesterday. Two have recovered, one is currently undergoing treatment, and one recovered but subsequently died of a separate cause.

The three babies died from infections caused by the bacteria pseudomonas in the unit at the Royal Maternity Hospital in Belfast.

The BBC reports that all other infants in the unit are now undergoing tests to see if they have the infection.

The Belfast Trust, which is responsible for running hospitals in the city, is investigating the cause of the outbreak of pseudomonas. The Trust  has set up a helpline for anyone who has concerns about the outbreak

Pseudomomas is a bacteria which thrives in water and moist conditions and can be passed on through touch. It can cause infections in the chest, blood and urine.The bacteria is particularly harmful to people who are already sick and have weakened immune systems.

Third baby dies at Belfast hospital after infection outbreak

Readers like you are keeping these stories free for everyone...
A mix of advertising and supporting contributions helps keep paywalls away from valuable information like this article. Over 5,000 readers like you have already stepped up and support us with a monthly payment or a once-off donation.

Your Voice
Readers Comments
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.