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Listeria diagnosed at Frimley Health NHS Trust

Listeria diagnosed at Frimley Health NHS Trust

Published by Carol Musgrave at 10:32am 18th June 2019. (Updated at 10:40am 18th June 2019)

A Surrey NHS Trust has been named as one of seven around the country which has had a diagnosed listeria case linked to a current outbreak.

Public Health England has confirmed that Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust is among those affected..
PHE says however that there have been no deaths associated with listeria at the Trust.

The outbreak has been traced to food supplier the Good Food Chain Company.

It comes after five people are now suspected to have died at hospitals elsewhere in the country after eating pre-packaged sandwiches and salads linked to the same supplier.

In a statement, Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust said one person had been diagnosed - but it declined to say at which of its three hospitals (Frimley Park, Heatherwood in Ascot, and Wexham Park near Slough) the case was diagnosed.

"When we were informed by Public Health England (PHE) of a potential problem with some pre-packed sandwiches supplied by the Good Food Chain Company on Sunday 26 May we immediately removed all products from this supplier from our hospitals.

"As soon as the Trust was aware of PHE’s findings and as a result of our own investigations, one patient in one of our hospitals was subsequently found to be affected. Appropriate treatment started immediately and the patient continues to be closely monitored by our clinical teams."

The Trust said there had been no further cases at any of its hospitals - but it would keep checking:

"We continue to maintain a high level of vigilance and surveillance for any other potential cases that may occur over the next few weeks until the incubation period for listeria has elapsed."

frimley park hospital

The five deaths linked to the outbreak were at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (2 cases) Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust, and University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.

Other NHS trusts where listeria has been diagnosed include Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust.

The affected food was supplied to 43 NHS Trusts - including Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, as well as independent provider Weston Area Health NHS Trust Virgin (Farnham Hospital).

The food has since has been removed from all hospitals.

PHE says the outbreak investigation continues and the public health risk remains low, and that people should seek medical attention only if they develop symptoms.

Further information on listeriosis can be found here .




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