C difficile outbreak closes cancer ward

A CANCER ward in the Highlands has been closed following a further outbreak of Clostridium difficile this year.

Three cases of C diff are being treated in isolation and oncology ward 2c at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness closed.NHS Highland said the risk to healthy patients, visitors and staff were minimal.

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In February, ward 6c was closed after a patient contracted the potentially lethal bug. In January, ten patients at the hospital were affected by C diff forcing the closure of ward 4c.

The health board said cleaning would be increased to prevent further cases. Patients on strong antibiotics are particularly susceptible to infection.