On Saturday 31 May the Trust identified a bacterial infection in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St Thomas’ Hospital. The infection has affected three babies. Sadly one of these babies has died. The other two are responding well to antibiotics. All babies on the unit are being screened for the bacterium as a precaution and enhanced infection control measures have been put in place to prevent any further cases.
These enhanced measures will remain in place until the Trust is satisfied that no other babies are at risk. The Trust is working closely with Public Health England and the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency as we are one of six trusts involved in their wider investigation. We are supporting the parents involved and keeping them fully informed.
The father of a baby who died after getting an infection from a contaminated drip says he hopes his son's death will save other children.
Questions have been raised over how a batch of intravenous fluid could potentially have become contaminated, after the death of one baby.
The babies were being given an intravenous fluid made by ITH Pharma at Park Royal in north west London.