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S5W-19033: Anas Sarwar (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 26 September 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the incidents at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow that were reported in 2015, what the consequences were for patients of the incidents of bacteria in the water; how many were prescribed prophylactic antibiotics; whether the water is now clear of bacteria in the areas that were affected; how long the water was contaminated for; whether the ward is a safe environment for patients; who was responsible for ensuring that the water was safe before the hospital opened, and who has been responsible for this since.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 8 November 2018

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde have confirmed that 18 patients were affected by the incident in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in 2015. One of these patients, a very premature infant with complex medical problems, developed a blood stream infection and died as a result. A further 2 patients died of causes unrelated to the incident and the remaining 15 patients were discharged home . The Scottish Government do not hold information centrally on the number of patients who were prescribed prophylactic antibiotics.

The Health Protection Scotland investigation concluded that this incident did not relate to bacteria in the water and the NICU was safe for patents and their families.

Prior to the hospital opening, the Project Director and Project Team were responsible for ensuring water safety. Decisions were based on reports and advice from the appointed commissioning engineers. The Director of Properties, Procurement and Facilities Management is now responsible for water safety.