Screening offered to patients and staff after South Infirmary patient contracts TB

Screening offered to patients and staff after South Infirmary patient contracts TB

A number of people (patients and staff) who have been in close contact with this patient will be offered screening for TB. Picture Dan Linehan

Screening has begun of patients and staff at the South Infirmary Hospital after they were notified by the Department of Public Health of a case of TB in a person living in HSE – South. 

The person also attends the South Infirmary - Victoria University Hospital (SIVUH) for treatment. This person is under the care of a consultant physician and is receiving treatment.

"As per the national guidelines, the staff of the Department of Public Health is undertaking a risk assessment and in conjunction with SIVUH a number of people (patients and staff) who have been in close contact with this patient have been identified. These people will be offered screening as per national guidance," the hospital said in a statement.

The hospital said there is no outbreak of TB at the hospital and they would continue to monitor the situation in association with the HSE.

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