Baby dies after MRSA outbreak at NI hospital

The Belfast Health and Social Care Trust is leading the investigation.
The Belfast Health and Social Care Trust is leading the investigation.

An investigation has been launched after a baby died after an outbreak of MRSA in a Northern Ireland hospital.

The incident occurred in the Royal Jubilee Maternity Hospital in Belfast over the summer.

The investigation into what happened is being led by the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust.

The BBC has reported that whilst MRSA is not thought to have been the direct cause of the death it has been connected.

The coroner has been notified of the death.

The source of the MRSA outbreak is not yet known.

A spokesperson for the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust said the infection outbreak at the hospital is "being appropriately managed".

"The Belfast Trust is currently managing an infection outbreak which occurred earlier in the summer and involved two babies who spent time in the Neonatal Unit," a spokeswoman said.

"We would like to reassure the families of our patients as well as the wider public that the situation is being appropriately managed.

"Robust infection prevention and control measures are in place in the unit and every precaution is being taken. Visitors to the neonatal unit can help us to prevent the spread of infection by being diligent in relation to hand hygiene."