Patient dies in Rotherham Hospital after contracting TB

Guardian News
Guardian News

PATIENTS at Rotherham Hospital have been offered a test for tuberculosis after a patient who had contracted the disease died.

Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust said although the risk of infection was low it had offered it as a precautionary measure.

Staff who work at the hospital have also been reminded of the signs and symptoms of the disease.

Close contacts of the person who died have also been offered a test.

George Thomson, medical director at the trust said: “Close contacts of the patient have also been identified and offered precautionary screening for TB.”

“As a further precautionary measure, a small number of staff members have been made aware and informed of the signs and symptoms of the disease.”

“At this stage no further individuals have been identified who need to be offered screening. We know that TB exists in our communities and so we should all be aware of the signs and symptoms of the disease.”

“Symptoms of TB of the lung include a cough - lasting for more than two weeks and sometimes with blood streaked sputum, shortness of breath, loss of appetite and weight loss, fever and sweating – particularly at night – and extreme fatigue and tiredness.”

“Anyone who thinks they may be affected by these symptoms should contact their GP.”