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Eleventh hour discovery of deadly bacteria at RVH points to serious lack of preparedness

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Former health minister Edwin Poots

Former health minister Edwin Poots

Former health minister Edwin Poots

Pseudomonas is a relatively common bacteria that is harmless to most people.

However, for those who are immunocompromised, such as patients who are critically ill or premature babies, it can prove fatal, as it did so tragically in 2011 and 2012.

In what has surely been one of the darkest periods for Northern Ireland's health service, four babies died from pseudomonas during two separate outbreaks. Three babies lost their lives at the Royal Jubilee Maternity Hospital, while the fourth baby passed away at Altnagelvin Hospital.


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