Eight hospitals in seven NHS Trusts have reported cases of listeriosis related to sandwiches and pre-packaged salads eaten by patients, Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed.
The list includes the Leicester Royal Infirmary and two NHS Foundation Trust hospitals in West Sussex, as well as hospitals in Derby, Liverpool, Manchester and Wexham.
Nine patients were affected, five of whom died.
The food in question has been removed.
The Good Food Chain provided salads and / or sandwiches to the following 43 NHS trusts:
- North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust
- NHS Foundation of East Suffolk and North Essex
- NHS Trust of Princess Alexandra Hospital
- Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust
- Homerton University NHS Hospital Foundation Trust
- Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
- NHS Foundation of Kings College Hospital
- NHS Foundation of Kingston Hospital
- Lewisham Greenwich Hospital NHS Trust
- Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
- NHS Royal Brompton Foundation and Harefield Hospital
- Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, women and children
- Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
- Leicester Partnership NHS Trust
- Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
- University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust
- University Hospital Hospital Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust – a confirmed fatal case of listeriosis
- NHS Trust at Leicester University Hospitals – a confirmed fatal case of listeriosis
- NHS Trust University Hospitals North Midlands
- Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
- Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust
- The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
- NHS Trust of Aintree University Hospitals – a confirmed fatal case of listeriosis
- NHS Foundation of Barnsley Hospital
- NHS Foundation of Bolton Hospital
- NHS Foundation of Calderdale and Huddersfield
- Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals, NHS Trust
- East Cheshire NHS Trust
- Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust – two confirmed fatal cases of listeria
- Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
- North West Boroughs Health Care NHS Foundation Trust
- Warrington Hospitals and Halton NHS Foundation Trust
- Wirral NHS Foundation Trust University Hospital
- NHS Center Walton Foundation
- Ashford Hospital & St Peter & # 39; s NHS Foundation Trust
- Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
- NHS Foundation Trust of East Kent Hospital – a confirmed case of listeriosis
- Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust – a confirmed case of listeriosis
- Foundation of Oxford University Hospitals, NHS Foundation Trust
- Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
- NHS Foundation Trust Hospital West Sussex – a confirmed case of listeria
- NHS Foundation of the Royal Berkshire Hospital
- Weston Area NHS Trust
- Virgin (Farnham Hospital) – Independent Supplier
Public Health England states that the risk to public health remains low and that individuals should only seek medical attention if they develop symptoms.
Listeria is a bacterium that can cause a type of food poisoning called listeriosis.
Normally, the symptoms are mild – high temperature, chills, nausea – and disappear after a few days.
But in this epidemic, cases occurred in people who were already seriously ill in hospital and they were at higher risk of serious infection.
Listeriosis can damage organs, spread to the brain or blood, and be fatal.