Three premature babies at a hospital in Brighton - who were poisoned after being given liquid food that was contaminated - are responding well to treatment. Malcolm Shaw reports.
Investigations are continuing after three babies were diagnosed with blood poisoning at a hospital in Sussex. They're being treated for septicaemia at the neonatal unit at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton. The hospital says the babies are recovering well.
Public Health England has released details of the NHS hospitals which have seen cases of septicaemia in their neonatal intensive care units.
- Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust (3 cases)
- CUH Addenbrookes (Cambridge University Hospitals) (2 cases)
- Luton and Dunstable University Hospital (2 cases)
- Chelsea and Westminster NHS Trust (4 cases)
- Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation T rust (3 cases)
- The Whittington Hospital (1 case)
Health chiefs have ordered an investigation after a baby died from blood poisoning.
It is thought the baby contracted an infection after being administered a contaminated drip in hospital.
Public Health England (PHE) and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has confirmed they are investigating 15 cases of blood poisoning (septicaemia) caused by a bacteria known as Bacillus cereus_.
The affected babies were in neonatal intensive care units at a small number of hospitals in England, including Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust where there were three cases.
Health chiefs have ordered an investigation into how a batch of liquid nutrients may have given babies blood poisoning.
Public Health England (PHE)said 15 cases of septicaemia, including the death of one baby, looked to be "strongly linked" to an intravenous product that is given to babies who are unable to feed normally.
The babies, many of whom were premature, were being treated in NHS neonatal intensive care units when it is thought they acquired the infection.
A statement from the health body said investigations with a manufacturer had already identified a possible incident that could have caused contamination.
The PHE's Incident Director, Mike Catchpole, said the body had "acted quickly" to alert hospitals to the potential problem and remove any remaining stocks of the product.
A baby has died from blood poisoning at a hospital in London from what's believed to be a contaminated drip. 14 other babies have also developed septicaemia.
- At this stage we know the babies are at six hospitals across England, 3 of them are in the capital
- Public Health England says many of the babies are premature. An investigation into the cause of the contamination is underway
Detective Constable Chris Hike, of Brighton CID, said: "This was a lucky escape for the family. Had they been asleep at the time the consequences could have been serious.
"Next to the house is a path linking Dorothy Road and Old Shoreham Road, and I would ask anyone who was in the area at around 10pm on Saturday or who has any information as to how the fire may have started to phone Sussex Police on 101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, quoting serial 1444 of 10/5.
"Alternatively they can call the independent charity Crimestoppers free and anonymously on 0800 555111."
A family and their nine-month-old baby were forced to flee from their home after a suspected arson attack.
The blaze broke out in a plastic garden shed at a property standing at the junction of Dorothy Road and Old Shoreham Road in Hove at 10pm on Saturday.
It quickly engulfed a rear-facing kitchen window and realising the fire was too big to fight themselves, the occupants grabbed their baby from upstairs and got out through the front door.
A passing police patrol spotted the fire and radioed for the fire and rescue service to attend.
Fire crews quickly doused the fire before it could further damage the property, but the cause is being treated as suspicious and is now being investigated as possible arson.
A father who had to deliver his baby daughter in his car in a lay-by in Kent, says lives are being put a risk because the journey to the region's newest hospital is too long. Tom Savvides talks to parents Derek Farnham Cox and Beti Hernandez Barrera as well as paramedic Bonita Baker Dean.
As the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge name their newborn boy, Oxford County Council have revealed that regal names are the most popular among parents.
Figures from Oxford's Registration Service show that past and present names of the royal family are commonly selected.
Three of the top ten popular boys' names in the last six months have a royal connection.
James, the name of two kings of England, was given to 39 boys in the timeframe making it the sixth most popular.
Harry, the brother of the Duke of Cambridge, is in seventh place has been chosen 38 times.
The Duke's first name, William, came in at joint-ninth place with 36 babies locally receiving the name.
Oxfordshire parents like to choose traditional names for their children and this may explain why regal names are so popular in the county. Sometimes names become popular because a famous couple has given their child a specific name, so there may be many boys locally soon with the name George, which William and Kate chose for their baby."