Seven infected from bladder tests at Telford hospital

Seven patients received urine infections after undergoing bladder examinations at a Shropshire hospital.

The patients at the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford had mild symptoms, or none at all, after the source of the infection was identified as a camera.

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust said two people had intravenous antibiotics, and it is thought all seven patients had been discharged.

Additional monitoring has been put in place, a spokesman added.

'Resistant bacteria'

In a statement Dr Patricia O'Neill, director of infection prevention and control, said: "We have recently identified a small cluster of patients with urine infections caused by an antibiotic resistant bacteria called Klebsiella at the Trust.

"These seven patients have recently undergone rigid cystoscopy [bladder examination] at the Princess Royal Hospital.

"We are confident that we have identified and addressed the source of the cross-infection and have put additional monitoring in place."

She advised anyone who experienced a urinary tract infection to consult their GP.

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