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Hospital ‘must be taught’ from Covid-19 outbreaks

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The Chief Executive of the Southern Trust says he is “truly sorry” for what occurred at Craigavon Area Hospital

The chief govt of the Southern Health Trust mentioned he’s “truly sorry and the trust is truly sorry for what has happened” at Craigavon Area Hospital.

On Monday, a fourth haematology affected person died after testing constructive for Covid-19.

Health Minister Robin Swann has introduced a degree three Serious Adverse Incident (SAI) investigation.

Seven sufferers on the haematology ward stay “very unwell”.

Shane Devlin mentioned the Southern Trust will cooperate totally with the SAI evaluate.

Mr Devlin instructed Good Morning Ulster the belief “will be investigating thoroughly to understand what has happened, to make sure we can learn, because we need to learn”.

Fourteen sufferers on the Haematology ward had been confirmed to have the virus in a cluster recognized final week, whereas one other affected person on the three South ward additionally examined constructive.

Twenty members of workers have examined constructive for Covid-19 and an additional 56 are additionally self-isolating due to potential contact with the virus.

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Health Minister Robin Swann says questions have to be answered concerning the outbreaks at Craigavon Hospital

Mr Devlin mentioned he was assured the outbreaks at Craigavon Area Hospital are actually “under control”.

“There is still a considerable human impact and we need to work with families to get through that,” he added.

He mentioned the essential factor was to attempt to pin-point how the virus had entered the hospital wards within the first place.

There have been no additional instances recognized within the emergency division, after three workers members examined constructive and 21 had been in self-isolation final month.

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Families ‘deserve solutions’

SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh, Justin McNulty, mentioned it has been “devastatingly traumatic for the families involved”.

He has spoken to a few of those that have misplaced members of the family and instructed Good Morning Ulster they “want answers and they deserve answers”.

“Their loved ones went into hospital Covid-free and the virus has been transmitted to them inside the ward,” he mentioned.

“They are really angry about that and feel that their loved ones should still be with them.”

Ring of Steel

Mr McNulty described a gathering with Mr Devlin to debate the deaths as “frank and blunt”.

He mentioned he had relayed some issues raised by the households of those that died about “some inconsistencies that didn’t sit well with them”.

The SDLP MLA mentioned he was hopeful the unbiased inquiry would unravel what induced the outbreak, and that classes will likely be discovered.

“This ward, the patients are immuno-compromised. You would hope there would have been a ring of steel around the ward, but sadly that wasn’t the case.

“We may by no means get a proof for a way the virus obtained into the ward, however hopefully the investigation will unearth that.”


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