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Tuesday 21 November 2017 

We recently discovered eight babies in our Clayton Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Special Care Nursery have been colonised with vancomycin resistant enterococcus, or VRE.

No babies are infected. The bug is present in their gut but not impacting their health and they do not need any treatment. Two babies have been discharged home.

While the original source of VRE is difficult to establish, and VRE is commonly present across hospitals in Australia and the world, to prevent any further occurrences we have additional cleaning staff on deck.

If you’re visiting our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit or Special Care Nursery any time soon, we’d like your help.

Please be extra vigilant with your hand hygiene, and please be patient with our cleaning staff. And as always, delay your visit if you’re feeling unwell.

To our new parents with babies in our care and our mums who are expecting a baby soon, we just want to let you know that we’ve had no confirmed VRE in our other nurseries, birth suites, or maternity wards, and we’re confident the steps we’ve taken will prevent any further spread.

 

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