Darwen dad's fury at contaminated hospital drip death

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First published in News Blackburn Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Health Reporter

AN East Lancashire man said he was ‘heartborken and furious’ to hear that a baby had died after contracting a deadly infection from a suspected contaminated drip - because 20 years ago his son died after a similar tragedy.

Coun Roy Davies said the NHS had ‘clearly failed to learn lessons’ from the death of his son Timothy at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital in 1994, despite being given assurances that ‘things like this would never happen again’.

Nine-year-old Timothy had been undergoing treatment for leukaemia and contracted a deadly blood infection from an intravenous feed. It also emerged that two other babies had died after contracting the same infection from drips.

Babies under the care of East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT) are ‘not at risk’ from contaminated drip feeds, bosses said.

Coun Davies, a Darwen councillor and former chairman of the health scrutiny committee at Blackburn with Darwen Council, said he was devasted to learn of the death of a baby boy at St Thomas' Hospital in London on Sunday, after he contracted a deadly bacterial infection at the neonatal intensive care unit.

It has since been reported that 18 babies across nine hospitals in the south-east have been struck down with blood poisoning, brought on by an infection that has been ‘strongly linked’ to an intravenous fluid supplied by London-based pharmaceutical firm ITH Pharma.

They had all been given a fluid called parenteral nutrition - which is supposed to deliver a variety of nutrients intravenously when a baby is unable to eat on its own.

Coun Davies, of Olive Lane, said: “I’m fuming because I feel like Timothy has died for nothing. It was a big national story at the time and they said they would put things in place to make sure it never happened again, and here we are it’s happening again.

“I feel really disgusted and let down.”

Dr Rineke Schram, chief medical officer at ELHT, said: “We can confirm that no babies in our neo-natal unit are at risk from this incidence of contamination.

“The unit at The Lancashire Women’s and Newborn Centre does not use the lipid preparation of the intravenous feed incriminated in the outbreak in the south-east.

“We will of course, continue to remain vigilant. We have spoken to all parents of our babies on intravenous feeding, and provided reassurance.”

The suspected contaminated feeds are being investigated by officials from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and the authority is also promoting ITH Pharma's product recall on certain batches of the fluid.

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2:01pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Openminded? says...

I love how the LET like to twist any NHS scandal and try to link it to ELHT.

LET should be ashamed of themself.
I love how the LET like to twist any NHS scandal and try to link it to ELHT. LET should be ashamed of themself. Openminded?
  • Score: 23

11:14am Sun 8 Jun 14

CapitaBackHander says...

It isn't the same thing what so ever! The feed was contaminated and NOT the tube. Shocking story - just from the fact it brings up irrelevant sad stuff from 20 years ago.
It isn't the same thing what so ever! The feed was contaminated and NOT the tube. Shocking story - just from the fact it brings up irrelevant sad stuff from 20 years ago. CapitaBackHander
  • Score: 12

12:38pm Sun 8 Jun 14

darwenTower says...

It is a tragedy indeed.

But let us remind ourselves of the vast number of premature babies which are saved by the NHS each year, of which one was my own son.
It is a tragedy indeed. But let us remind ourselves of the vast number of premature babies which are saved by the NHS each year, of which one was my own son. darwenTower
  • Score: 12

2:10pm Sun 8 Jun 14

jimpy0 says...

never LET the truth get in the way of a biased story
never LET the truth get in the way of a biased story jimpy0
  • Score: 10

2:20pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Edificio says...

This has noting to do with ELHT. Once again lets knock our local trust for the sake of it. Very lazy journalism !!
This has noting to do with ELHT. Once again lets knock our local trust for the sake of it. Very lazy journalism !! Edificio
  • Score: -4

5:51pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Corsetmaker says...

Urgh Roy Davies seems to be either Outraged, Disgusted or Let Down about something ALL THE TIME, If anything I am feeling the same - over the fact that this man will not only chime in at any available opportunity with his seemingly direct line to the LET and their lazy journalists to slate the town and area be proclaims to love, get his mug in the telegraph whilst whining about the inept council, pointing at potholes, or fly tipping, not once does he seem to praise (convincingly) this town, or help anyone out UNLESS its of his own interest (I have personal experience of his lack of interest)

This time jumping on the bandwagon of slating the NHS for something that wasn't their fault, so that the Conservatives can plow on with their "NHS cant be trusted, isn't fit for purpose, so lets cash in and privatise it" propaganda. It was the PRIVATE company that supplied the NHS with contaminated goods and in the most appaling taste, you dragged yourself into the grief of parents with your Woe is me story to make it relevant (ish) when it is non of your concern Cllr Davies.
Urgh Roy Davies seems to be either Outraged, Disgusted or Let Down about something ALL THE TIME, If anything I am feeling the same - over the fact that this man will not only chime in at any available opportunity with his seemingly direct line to the LET and their lazy journalists to slate the town and area be proclaims to love, get his mug in the telegraph whilst whining about the inept council, pointing at potholes, or fly tipping, not once does he seem to praise (convincingly) this town, or help anyone out UNLESS its of his own interest (I have personal experience of his lack of interest) This time jumping on the bandwagon of slating the NHS for something that wasn't their fault, so that the Conservatives can plow on with their "NHS cant be trusted, isn't fit for purpose, so lets cash in and privatise it" propaganda. It was the PRIVATE company that supplied the NHS with contaminated goods and in the most appaling taste, you dragged yourself into the grief of parents with your Woe is me story to make it relevant (ish) when it is non of your concern Cllr Davies. Corsetmaker
  • Score: -2

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