Hospital could reopen for inpatients

A HOSPITAL could be re-opened for inpatient admissions today after confirming there had been no new cases of salmonella poisoning among staff and patients.

A HOSPITAL could be re-opened for inpatient admissions today after confirming there had been no new cases of salmonella poisoning among staff and patients.

Health chiefs will review the outbreak at Sudbury's Walnuttree Hospital after there were ten confirmed cases of salmonella and one suspected case.

A joint investigation into the source of the outbreak is current taking place involving The Health Protection Agency, Babergh District Council's environmental health department and the NHS Infection Control Department.

The council's environmental health manager Mike Crisp said the investigation was coming to an end.


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He added: "This investigation is no different to any other – in that our objective is to identify a source of the infection and to learn from it and make sure it never happens again."

At its height, the outbreak led to one elderly patient being transferred to West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds.

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It is also believed another nine people, including at least three members of staff, had been diagnosed with salmonella poisoning and they were observed at the Sudbury hospital.

The outbreak was confined to the inpatient wards and the hospital's physiotherapy and haematology departments were operating as normal.

A spokesman for West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust confirmed the hospital was still closed for inpatient admissions but said a review will take place today to look at re-opening.

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