Public Health England (PHE) is investigating a number of cases of illness in Dorset caused by the E. coli bacteria.
PHE is leading on the investigation of this cluster of illnesses caused by a rare strain of the bacteria called Verocytotoxin-producing Escherichia coli 055 (VTEC 055).
Since July, ten people have been diagnosed with this infection which can cause bloody diarrhoea and seven of those affected have developed kidney problems – called haemolytic uraemic syndrome - a serious complication of an E. coli infection. There have been no deaths.
PHE and local authorities routinely investigate all cases of E. coli infection, aiming to identify the source and take any necessary actions to protect the public’s health. This is a rare strain of the infection and all those affected and their close contacts are being followed up and further investigations are taking place to determine the likely source.
As some cases have occurred in people associated with a children's nursery, letters have been sent to parents whose children attend the nursery and staff, informing them about E. Coli O55 and the ongoing investigation. As part of routine screening, stool samples are being taken from children and staff as a precautionary measure.
Letters have also been sent to hospital doctors and local GPs, alerting them to the possibility of infection and asking they report any further cases of bloody diarrhoea.
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The Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases NHS Foundation Trust had just 12 complaints in 2013 to 2014 while some trusts attracted thousands of grievances.
The figures were revealed by the ombudsman's office, which investigates complaints in the NHS.
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Bristol City fans have raised £10,000 for a young boy with cerebral palsy.
6-year-old Oskar Pycroft led the team out in his wheelchair ahead of their match against Preston North End on Saturday. The club have given their backing to a campaign to raise money for an operation in America which could help Oskar walk.
Health workers and ambulance staff across the region have been taking part in a four hour strike in a long-running dispute over pay.
They walked out between 7am and 11am today and will be working to rule for the rest of the month.
Health workers and ambulance staff across the region are taking part in a four hour strike today.
Members of the GMB and Unison unions will walk out between 7am and 11 am in an ongoing dispute over pay.
They will also refuse to do any unpaid overtime until the end of the month.
It's not everyday that the captain of Bristol City pops round to your house for a cup of tea to chat football but thats exactly what happened to 6 year old Oskar Pycroft.
Oskar suffers from cerebral palsy and Wade Elliott is lending his support as the family try to raise money for an operation in America which could help him walk.
A six year-old Bristol City fan will be leading out the team in his wheelchair as they face Preston North End at Ashton Gate tomorrow.
Oskar Pycroft has cerebral palsy and other problems and his family are raising money for an operation in the USA, which could help him walk.
Their campaign has won the backing of the club.
'They're doing a bucket collection for my operation and do you know why I want the operation? So I can walk more.'
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