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ESBL at Poole Hospital

During March and April as part of our screening of inpatients, the trust identified an increase in the number of patients carrying a particular type of bacterium, sometimes found in the community. Since then there have been further cases indicating that the bacteria have spread within the hospital.

Extended spectrum beta-lactamases (ESBL) Klebsiella pneumoniae can be resistant to some antibiotic treatments, and can spread easily. The bacterium is naturally found in soil and commonly forms part of the bacteria found in the gut without causing any ill-health or symptoms. Most people would not know that they are carriers of this bacteria.

Importantly, while the bacteria has been detected due to proactive screening of patients, there has only been one case of infection linked to this outbreak.

Patricia Reid, director of nursing said: “Poole Hospital takes infection prevention and control very seriously and I would like to reassure patients, staff and visitors that we are taking every available step to prevent further transmission.”

The risk to visitors is low, however we ask that they do not attend the hospital if they have been unwell in the past 48 hours to support good infection control practice. Visitors are asked to ensure they wash their hands at the start and end of their visit, and as may be requested by ward staff.

Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Longfleet Road, Poole, Dorset BH15 2JB. Tel: 01202 665511

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