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Heart surgery patients died after picking up infection

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 14:10

A number of patients who had heart surgery died after contracting an infection during their operation, it has emerged.

NHS Lothian has issued a warning to 186 patients who have undergone heart aortic valve surgery since 2015 at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary to advise them of a possible infection risk.

It comes as the health board said six patients who required the surgery over 18 months were affected by unusual infections before some later died.

As a precaution, four planned surgeries have been cancelled this week to allow for specialist cleaning and disinfection of the theatres used for the procedure.

Enhanced infection control measures have also been put in place.

No cases were found prior to March 2017 and there have been no known issues in patients operated on since November 2018.

Professor Alex McMahon, NHS Lothian's executive lead for infection control, said: "We extend our sincere apologies and deepest condolences to the families of the patients who died, all of whom were informed at the time of their treatment that they had an unusual and difficult to treat infection."

'We extend our sincere apologies and deepest condolences to the families of the patients who died.' Professor Alex McMahon

He admitted it was a "worrying time" for those who had received letters but reiterated the move was a precaution.

"We know this will be a worrying time for those who have received letters but we have contacted patients purely as a precaution," he said.

"The risk is very low and we do not anticipate any more cases, however we know that it can take up to six months for these infections to materialise.

"We want to make sure those patients know what symptoms to be aware of and to contact NHS Inform if they have any concerns.

"Many patients receiving this type of surgery are already very ill and vulnerable to infection so we place the highest importance on a stringent infection prevention and control regime.

"We are very sorry for the inconvenience and disappointment caused to the patients who have had their procedures cancelled this week but we must prioritise patient safety above all else. All those affected will be given new appointments as soon as possible."

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Possible infection risk for heart operation patients at Royal Infirmary

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 14:03
NHS Lothian has contacted patients who had heart aortic valve replacement operations at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh in the last six months to advise them of a possible infection risk.  The decision was taken by an Incident Management Team which was convened following notification of an unusual case of heart valve infection.  Heart valve […]
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Oil spill source yet to be found as beaches set to reopen

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 13:56

Beaches closed due to an oil spill in Fife will be reopened to the public this weekend.

A massive clean-up operation has been on the go in Limekilns and Charlestown since the oil was discovered on the coastline last month.

The area was closed off to the public and the coastal path route was diverted while the oil was cleaned up and investigations were launched to determine where it came from.

Around 600 tonnes of contaminated seaweed and sand has since been lifted from the three beaches affected and transported to a specialist facility for disposal.

Despite investigations by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), Marine Coastguard Agency (MCA) and Forth Ports, the source of the slick has not been found.

Derek Crowe, senior manager with Fife Council's roads and transportation service, said: "This has been a massive partnership operation with many organisations working together to get this area cleared up and back in public use.

"It's great news that we can reopen the beaches as I know people have been missing the opportunity to use this much loved resource.

"I'd like to thank everyone for their patience while the work was underway . Although residents may still occasionally see a sheen on the water, this will disperse naturally."

The clean-up operation is estimated to cost around £600,000 in total - a cost that will have to be borne by the council if the polluter cannot be identified.

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Ian Buchanan, SEPA chief officer, stated: "An extensive investigation carried out by regulatory, chemistry and marine science staff at SEPA has ruled out all identified land-based sources for the pollution found on Limekilns and Charleston beaches.

"SEPA analysed samples of the contamination and compared the results to samples taken from potential sources. No matches were found, and as result SEPA's investigation is closed, unless further information comes to our attention in the future.

"Early suggestions that the oil had come from a land drain appear to have been based on an early visual assessment and no evidence has been found that substantiates this."

The beaches will continue to be monitored as the area returns to its natural habitat.

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Commsworld ‘crucial to Scotland’s digital revolution’

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 13:33
ONE of the UK’s leading network providers has been heralded as a ‘crucial’ element of Scotland’s digital revolution during a visit from the Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands. Paul Wheelhouse MSP visited the Edinburgh base of Commsworld following the firm’s record year of revenues. The disruptor telecoms firm has enjoyed a flying start […]
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Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019 – At theSpaceUK – tickets on sale

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 13:23
Tickets are already on sale for 131 shows at theSpaceUK even though there is still a couple of months to go before the full lineup is announced for all venues across the city. Here are some of the highlights : Winner of the 2018 Broadway Baby Bobby Award, Glenn Chandler is back in 2019 with new work, The Good Scout, inspired […]
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Room for Matilda fans at the Apex

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 13:05
Apex Hotels has a show-stopping offer this April – perfect for families and couples looking to add a theatrical touch to their city break in Edinburgh. To mark the arrival of Matilda the Musical to the Edinburgh Playhouse, Apex will be offering musical lovers an overnight stay, two-course dinner, show tickets and a full Scottish […]
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Sir Walter Scott’s Abbotsford: ‘The Delilah of His Imagination’

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 12:16
Collections and Interpretation Manager of the Abbotsford Trust, Kirsty Archer-Thompson will deliver a lecture on Sir Walter Scott’s Abbotsford this April. This is part of the series of lectures organised by The Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland. Kirsty will be talking about Scott’s aims when it came to the Abbotsford design. She will showcase how […]
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Fife-based Cambridge councillor resigns

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 10:41
Donald Adey, who lives in Scotland, admits it is "difficult" being 400 miles from his ward.
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Is this the ultimate home study?

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 10:14
  Leading architects and designers have heralded the mezzanine studies that are a feature at Scotland’s most upmarket new development. Boasting a dramatic view out to the grounds and building of one of the country’s most iconic estates, the studies at The Crescent at Donaldson’s benefit from the sweeping homes’ almost entirely glass frontage. Featured in both show apartments, a […]
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Taking Princes Street Gardens to a new level

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 10:03
  The Quaich Project: A space for all in the heart of Edinburgh   We have been talking about this for a long time now. It was back in 2017 that an international design competition was run, and a winner announced. It has taken a bit of time to get some obstacles out of the […]
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Men’s hockey – Grange in key home double-header

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 09:25
Title-chasing Grange entertain mid-table Hillhead (11.00) on Saturday and Clydesdale (13.30) on Sunday as they bid to retain their league title and keep their double dream alive. The champions have won 12 of their 15 Division One matches so far and have drawn three for 39 points. Hillhead are fifth with 21 points from six […]
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Amazon delivers boost to maths fan Caitlin’s ambitions

Edinburgh Evening News - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 07:00
A love of numbers has added up to a University of Edinburgh student securing a prestigious bursary from online retail giant Amazon.
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Edinburgh wedding delight as nearly £5,000 of bets paid out after Calcutta Cup draw

Edinburgh Evening News - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 06:00
BRIDESMAID Louise Waugh had wedding guests dancing for joy after placing bets on the Calcutta Cup match that paid out almost £5,000 on the draw.
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My one-in-a-million daughter is a 'human timebomb'

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 00:43
Anya suffers from a one-in-a-million condition that is like having seven serious diseases all at once.
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Hidden Door Weekender 2019 –

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 00:01
Hidden Door will be back in May with a shorter punchier long weekend of music. They have already programmed music for Thursday, Friday and Sunday, but are keeping back news of the nine hour marathon of music planned for Saturday – for now at least. Tickets will be on sale today through Citizen Ticket who […]
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Speedway – Monarchs out to tame Wolves

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 22:40
The Spring Spectacular at Armadale will feature the Staggs Bar Monarchs against Premiership side Wolverhampton Wolves on the opening night of the 2019 season on Friday, April 12 (7:30pm). Wolves are amongst the leading sides in the top division this season and have a tremendous array of star names. The night will be organised as […]
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Business breakfast aimed at building bridges

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 22:15
Balerno Community High School invited local business men and women in for breakfast. And exchange school contact Neil McCallum said it was part of a programme to introduce pupils to the business world. More than 60 people, including senior pupils, attended the session and Mr McCallum said it was designed to build partnerships. He added: […]
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Edinburgh Science Festival 2019 – A Human Touch

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 21:31
If you go down to Holyrood you will see a huge selection of images both outside and inside the parliament building showing the human impact on our planet. This is part of Edinburgh Science Festival which runs from 6-21 April 2019. It is a daily free drop in exhibition and will be in place until […]
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TV wrestler who used chip van to lure rape victims in East Lothian jailed

Edinburgh Evening News - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 20:50
A former professional wrestler who used his chip van to lure victims has been jailed for 12 years for a string of rapes.
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Edinburgh Council chiefs set to hand out £2.7m in three-year employment drive

Edinburgh Evening News - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 20:42
COUNCIL chiefs are set to hand out almost £2.7m to help people into employment over the next three years – despite groups being forced to bid for funding from a shrinking pot.
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