Potentially lethal bacteria falls to safe levels at Norwich hospital

Tests have revealed a potentially dangerous bacteria is no longer at high levels in Norwich's neonatal unit.

Three babies at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (N&N) were initially discovered to have pseudomonas bacteria on their skin, although it was not causing an active infection.

N&N officials say work to the water supply in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit has taken place, with preliminary test results indicating levels of the bacteria have decreased.

They added further testing of all the unit's supply points will continue until their confidence in the water quality has been 'restored'.

Sterile water for baby care will continue to be used as a precautionary measure.


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All babies on the neonatal unit are also being screened to check if any have the bacteria on their bodies but are not infected.

The hospital added staff have spoken individually to parents with babies in the unit to update them.

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Recent pseudomonas outbreaks in Northern Ireland led to the deaths of four babies, and as a precaution the N&N decided to conduct tests of the water supply in its neonatal unit.

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