A recent Streptococcal outbreak has forced Greenslopes Hospital to suspend any new admissions to the Rehabilitation Unit after two elderly patient have died and two more have been confirmed to be infected.

Greenslopes hospital is handling a Group A Streptococcal outbreak but Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said she is satisfied Greenslopes Private Hospital has met all the Public Health guidelines.

There will be a review of the outbreak and procedure but the CEO of Greenslopes Hospital believes there is no risk to patient safety at the hospital.

Dr Young was notified by the hospital on Thursday 12 December of two deaths of inpatients infected with Group A Streptococcus.

“Both patients were elderly inpatients in the Rehabilitation Unit,” Dr Young said. “One died on 7 December and the other on 8 December. These patients appear to have additional risk factors of being over 65 and having further complications.”

The two other patients that have been confirmed to be infected are undergoing treatment  for the infection. For now no new admissions are being accepted into the Rehabilitation Unit as a extra precaution and all the staff and current patients are being tested and monitored in case they show signs of symptoms. Anyone who has been discharged from the unit since the 29 November 2013 is being contacted by the hospital.

Dr Young has assured that the outbreak is under control and there are no ongoing risks.
“Greenslopes Private Hospital is working with our Public Health Unit and I am confident there is no ongoing risk to new patients and everything is being done to protect current and previous patients.”
Any patients or visitors who have been to Rehabilitation Unit since 29 November should contact Greenslopes Private Hospital on 3394 7826, particularly if they are unwell, suffering a sore throat or fever.  You can also ring 13 Health (13 432584) for general health advice or concerns.