New C-diff case closes ERI ward

A ward has been closed at the ERI
A ward has been closed at the ERI
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A NEW case of Clostridium difficile has shut a ward at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

NHS Lothian said it has taken the “precautionary measure” after the diagnosis of a 15th case of the superbug at the hospital since November.

Melanie Johnson, executive nurse director, said: “Our robust surveillance identified one new case and appropriate measures were put in place straight away to help protect the patient, other patients, staff and visitors.”

Fourteen patients were originally affected by the infection, commonly known as C-diff, across five wards at the hospital. Three of these patients have since died of underlying health problems.

Infection prevention and control procedures have been reinforced while investigations are continuing to establish if there is a link between the cases.