HIV fear for patients in Yorkshire
3:05pm 22nd June 2010
Hospital officials are inviting 519 people to return for testing after it was found that a healthcare worker who treated them may have been infected with HIV.
The individual has spent time working at Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals Trust, Scarborough and North East Yorkshire Hospitals Trust and York Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
As soon as managers became aware of the situation, the healthcare worker was removed from duties where there was any potential risk for the infection to be transmitted. The individual no longer works in a role where there is any risk of blood to blood contact.
Health professionals are stressing, however, that the risk of infection to patients is extremely low.
Dr David Hepburn, Medical Director at Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals Trust told Minster fm:
"It is important to be aware that no case of HIV cross-infection from healthcare worker to patient has ever been found in the UK to date, despite almost 30 similar patient recall exercises involving well over 7,000 patients. There have only ever been three reported episodes of this happening in the world.
"We are offering testing to patients purely as a precaution."
The total numbers of patients recalled by each trust are as follows:
- Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals Trust - 371 patients
- Scarborough and North East Yorkshire Hospitals Trust - 47 patients
- York Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - 101 patients
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