A ward at Noble’s Hospital that closed to admissions on Friday because of an MRSA infection is to reopen today (Tuesday) at 5.30pm.
A statement from the hospital said the ward had undergone a deep clean and two of the patients who showed evidence of carrying the infection on their skin were now clear.
The hospital has also said none of the nine patients originally involved had shown any signs or symptoms of the MRSA illness itself. Precautionary measures were put in place to prevent the spread of the bacteria on Friday after it was detected on the skin of a small number of patients in ward five. No other wards were affected.
The MRSA bacteria is resistant to many of the commonly used antibiotics making it more difficult to treat than other bacterial infections. It spreads through skin to skin contact with someone who already has the infection or, as in the case of the patients affected at Noble’s, is carrying it on their skin. It can also be spread by contact with things like dressings, bedding and hard surfaces.