James Cook Hospital nursery closes over E. coli fears

Playdays nursery
Image caption The nursery is used by children of NHS staff

A hospital day nursery on Teesside has been closed temporarily following a suspected E. coli outbreak.

The South Tees Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said it had been contacting parents of children attending Playdays at Middlesbrough's James Cook Hospital.

Five children have been taken ill with a sickness and diarrhoea bug - one is being treated in hospital.

A hospital spokeswoman said the other three children were recovering at home and more cases were "not expected".

'Precautionary measure'

The results of further tests are still awaited and the nursery will remain closed until 30 August.

It was originally shut on 12 August to allow the trust to deep clean the premises.

Managers reopened the property on Monday once the recommended control measures had been put into place.

However, a further decision was then taken to close it as a precautionary measure while waiting for the results of further investigations.

The trust said that children could get sickness and diarrhoea for a number of reasons, and it was working with the hospital's infection prevention and control team, environmental health officers and the Health Protection Agency to investigate possible causes.

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