Reassurances over baby feed fears

By a County Press reporter

Thursday, June 5, 2014

 

HEALTH bosses on the Isle of Wight have issued reassurances in light of the blood poisoning investigation announced today (Thursday).

The investigation follows the death of a baby in London due to blood poisoning, along with 15 other cases of children being made ill, linked to contaminated intravenous baby feed used in some hospitals. 

Public Health England (PHE) and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) have announced that they are investigating 14 cases of septicaemia in babies in neonatal intensive care units, caused by a bacteria known as Bacillus cereus.     

Isle of Wight NHS Trust said however that its maternity and neonatal intensive care services were unaffected.

Pharmacist Liz Harrison said: "I can assure patients that we do not use the baby feed identified by Public Health England (PHE) and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) as being the possible cause of this infection.   

"We do use another different product produced by ITH Pharma Limited and we have, as a precaution, quarantined the batch produced in May 2014.   

"There is no evidence that babies at St. Mary’s have been affected by the problems found elsewhere."

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