The head of Scotland’s largest medical board has shifted to reassure parents as a child emerged from a hospital infection that died last week.
The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow is safe for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. It said there was no connection between death and any previous cases.
Chief Executive Jane Grant said the hospital is committed to providing children with safety and quality care.
She said infection rates are in line with other paediatric units at the moment.
On Sunday, the Herald paper reported that the child, who died on Monday, November 25, had a hospital-acquired infection and had been relocated to the site between wards.
NHGGC announced the death of a child, saying the issue was properly managed and Health Protection Scotland was told.
The development follows growing concern over the number of infections in recent weeks and the death of a 10-year-old girl at the £ 842 m “super hospital” complex that could potentially be linked to contaminated water supply problems.
In reaction to the news, Ms Grant said she was “absolutely committed” to work internally and externally, as well as to restore public confidence with the existing oversight board that the Scottish government has set up. “The chairman and I have met with families over the past few weeks and they have given us their views on areas where we should improve. We are working on this now because we recognize that it is critical parents and that their families are properly supported.” It is difficult for parents in this circumstance and we regret and regret the distress and concern that has been added to a difficult time.
NHSGGC said the wards had carried out extensive work on the taps. Six new cases have been reported and the appointment of an incident management team. Children were moved to the adjacent adult hospital wards 6A and 4B, the QEUH.
February 2019: a QEUH water supply investigation found “wide-ranging contamination.” A report from Health Protection Scotland said that both hospitals had found contamination in taps and drains.
4 August 2019: Ward 6A was opened for new QEUH admissions after three young patients became contaminated. Work began on its systems for water supply and air quality.
Charmaine Lacock, serving as the parents ‘ spokesperson, said on Sunday that until there was a clearer picture, Ms Grant should be suspended.
She said: “If you give honest responses to family, how do you expect them to believe you?
“The parents fear that with her there, with the health board in place, an ongoing investigation will just be another cover-up, another whitewash.
“We need independent people to come in and clean up this mess so the parents can feel confident it is safe for our children to go in there.”
On Thursday, a leaked inspection report into Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH) revealed “high risks” had been identified in 2015, soon after the hospital opened.
Kimberly Darroch, the mother of 10-year-old Milly Main, who developed a fatal infection while recovering from leukaemia treatment, said her daughter would be still alive had those concerns about water contamination risks been addressed in time.
NHSGGC was placed into special measures by Health Secretary Jeane Freeman on 22 November, just days after an independent review into the hospital was ordered. An oversight board is being chaired by chief nursing officer Prof Fiona McQueen.
Jane Grant said that infection control levels had returned to a normal level.
She said: “Since the move to Ward 6A and 4B in September 2018, infection rates have been similar to other Scottish paediatric units.
“We have fully tested the water supply and ward surfaces in Ward 6A and also reviewed individual infections and found no links between individual infections and no source of infections in the ward.
“Families should be reassured that infection rates at present are within expected levels and the hospital is safe.”