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The Daily Post are reporting: MRSA fear after sewage leak at North Wales hospital
HOSPITAL staff have undergone tests for MRSA after being sprayed with raw sewage from a burst pipe.
Gallons of waste poured through the ceiling of the chiropody unit at the brand new £19.4 million Ysbyty Alltwen in Tremadog, near Porthmadog, just after lunch on Wednesday.
The hospital was officially opened just 20 days ago after being plagued by delays. It accepted its first patients in April.
North West Wales Hospital Trust spokesman Trystan Pritchard confirmed a leak had occurred.
Mr Pritchard said: “We had a blockage of some sort in a pipe coming from a toilet and asked a contractor to come in and clear it. It wasn’t the main sewage pipe. The contractor tried to flush the blockage. They put too much pressure on the pipe, which caused the leak. It was more of a seepage than an explosion.”
He said no patients had been affected, but the sewage splashed over four members of staff.
Mr Pritchard added: “We’re not talking about tonnes but rather gallons.
“Four members of staff were in the chiropody room when the sewage seeped through. They’ve had tests but nobody has been sick. It came down from the ceiling but the staff were not covered by raw matter. It would be correct to say that they were splashed.”
The podiatry/chiropody unit has now been “deep-cleaned” to ensure it has not been infected. The ceiling will have to be replaced.