Listeria is a bacterium which can cause a type of food poisoning called listeriosis. Symptoms can include a high temperature, chills and feeling sick. In most cases, the symptoms are mild and usually settle on their own after a few days.

However, for those who are already ill in hospital, their immune system may not be able to cope with listeriosis and consequently, the bacterium can spread to the brain and bloodstream, cause serious damage to organs, and if not treated in time, could have fatal consequences.

The BBC has reported that eight hospitals in seven NHS Trusts have identified cases of listeria linked to pre-packed sandwiches and salads eaten by patients. The Hospital Trusts affected include the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton Trust, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust.

The University Hospital of Derby and Burton Trust, have confirmed that one of their patients being treated at the Royal Derby has passed away after contracting listeriosis. The Trust released a statement offering their condolences to the bereaved family and made it clear that they were working with Public Health England and NHS England whilst investigations continue to take place. They have confirmed that all food products that may have been affected have been withdrawn from sale.

Public Health England have stated that the health risk to the public remains low, and individuals should only seek medical attention if they develop symptoms.

Freeths LLP Clinical Negligence solicitors have vast experience in a range of claims including fatal claims. If you are concerned about any treatment which you or a loved one have received, please contact our Derby and Stoke on Trent Clinical Negligence team:-

Karen Reynolds, Partner: 0845 272 5677 or karen.reynolds@freeths.co.uk

Alternatively, you can contact our National Team:

Carolyn Lowe, Partner (Oxford/Milton Keynes) 0186 578 1019 carolyn.lowe@freeths.co.uk

Jane Williams, Partner (Leicester/Nottingham) on 0845 272 5724 jane.williams@freeths.co.uk

For further information about this news report please see the BBC website; https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-48669288

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