Hos­pi­tal’s warn­ing over in­fected worker

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - By Sam Wil­liams

Pa­tients treated at the Wil­liam Har­vey Hos­pi­tal by a health­care worker who tested pos­i­tive for hep­ati­tis C will need to be tested for the dis­ease.

The an­nounce­ment comes from the East Kent Hospi­tals Trust, which runs the Ash­ford hos­pi­tal, af­ter two pa­tients in Scot­land who were seen by the in­fected doc­tor or nurse were re­ferred for treat­ment for the virus.

The trust says it has writ­ten to 46 pa­tients in Kent who were seen at the Wil­liam Har­vey be­tween Jan­uary and April 2006, when the health­care em­ployee worked there.

The let­ter rec­om­mends that they ar­range a blood test via their GP.

In to­tal, 8,383 pa­tients through­out the UK are be­ing con­tacted in re­la­tion to the alert.

They are pri­mar­ily in La­nark­shire, Scot­land, where the in­fected health­care worker had pre­vi­ously worked for about 26 years.

The hep­ati­tis C virus is trans­mit­ted through blood-to­blood con­tact, and very rarely through sex­ual in­ter­course.

In most cases, those af­fected do not have any symp­toms and so most peo­ple do not re­alise they have it.

If un­treated, the in­fec­tion can cause chronic liver dis­ease, and, very rarely, can­cer of the liver.

Based on the in­for­ma­tion avail­able at the time the health­care worker tested pos­i­tive in 2008, the UK Ad­vi­sory Panel on Health­care Work­ers In­fected with Blood-borne Viruses (UKAPHWIBV) ad­vised that a pa­tient no­ti­fi­ca­tion ex­er­cise was not needed.

How­ever, pa­tients are now be­ing no­ti­fied af­ter the NHS La­nark­shire’s health pro­tec­tion team were told in 2015 that a pa­tient re­cently re­ferred for treat­ment for hep­ati­tis C who had a sur­gi­cal pro­ce­dure car­ried out by the health­care worker.

Fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions iden­ti­fied that it was prob­a­ble that this pa­tient was in­fected with the virus dur­ing a pro­ce­dure car­ried out by the health­care worker.

Sub­se­quent in­ves­ti­ga­tions iden­ti­fied an­other pa­tient with hep­ati­tis C for whom it is prob­a­ble that they were in­fected dur­ing a pro­ce­dure car­ried out by the health­care worker.

Fol­low­ing this, the UKAPHWIBV was con­sulted and rec­om­mended that all pa­tients who were po­ten­tially at risk should be con­tacted and of­fered hep­ati­tis C test­ing.

East Kent Hospi­tals Trust there­fore car­ried out a thor­ough re­view of clin­i­cal records to iden­tify pa­tients who had a sur­gi­cal pro­ce­dure car­ried out by the health­care worker in the three month pe­riod in 2006, and iden­ti­fied 46 pa­tients.

Only pa­tients who have re­ceived a let­ter need to un­dergo hep­ati­tis C test­ing.

The hep­ati­tis C virus

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.