Prof Hugh Pennington on baby deaths at Staffordshire hospital


Two premature babies died at a Staffordshire hospital as a result of an infection, it has emerged.

A third baby is still in isolation after the outbreak at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire (UHNS).

The serratia marcescens bug shut the unit to new admissions for two weeks in July, but details were only revealed at a hospital meeting on Wednesday.

Hugh Pennington, Professor of Bacteriology at University of Aberdeen told the BBC infections are unusual "as hospitals are usually good at keeping them at bay"

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