The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)
Police looking at death of boy in hospital
The death of a threeyear-old boy at a flagship hospital is being investigated by police.
He died at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow on August 9 2017. His death came in the same month as 10-year-old Milly Main, who was in remission from leukaemia before contracting an infection at QEUH. Her mother Kimberly Darroch has said she is “100%” certain contaminated water caused the infection.
The boy’s death was reported to the Crown Office by police in August 2017 and it has recently received expert reports from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) that are under consideration. A
Crown Office spokesman said: “The investigation into the death, under the direction of the Scottish Fatalities Investigation Unit, is ongoing.”
The procurator fiscal has a duty to investigate deaths which have occurred in circumstances that give rise to public concern.
An NHSGGC spokeswoman said: “We have already provided information to this family. We fully investigated this child’s death at the time.”
On Milly Main’s death, the health board said it was not obliged to test for bloodstream infection stenotrophomonas – listed as a possible cause on the child’s death certificate – at the time of her death so could not determine if the infection was linked to the hospital’s water supply.
NHSGGC has said it is not possible to link cases of stenotrophomonas infection in 2017 to the water supply as tests were not carried out on the supply at the time.
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“Investigated this child’s death at the time”