Prosecutors consider Glasgow HSE hospital infection report

11 August 2020 – BBC News

Prosecutors are currently review a health and safety report into an infection outbreak at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow.

A 10-year-old boy and a 73-year-old woman died after contracting the Cryptococcus infection, which was subsequently linked to pigeon droppings.

They were being treated at the hospital in December 2018 and January 2019 at the time of infection.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated the building and ventilation systems at the hospital and issued an Improvement Notice for ventilation in one ward and has also issued a Notification of Contravention to Greater Glasgow Health Board.

The findings were passed to the Crown Office as part its ongoing investigation into the deaths.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said it has appealed the improvement notice but a date for the appeal – paused by the pandemic – is yet to be confirmed.

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