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Hospital bug affects three more patients

THREE more patients have tested positive to a contagious bacterial infection at Coffs Harbour Health Campus this week.

The total number of patients identified as positive for Vancomycin Resistant Enterococci (VRE) is now 22, with 10 patients currently in Coffs Harbour, one in Bellinger River District Hospital and another transferred to Royal North Hospital.

A spokesperson for the North Coast Area Health Service said elective surgery cases have been postponed since Monday, with the continuation of surgery for the remainder of this week being reviewed on a daily basis.

“Rooms in ICU have been double cleaned and validated by environmental screens and contract tracing continues to ensure all at risk patients are treated for VRE,” the spokesperson said.

VRE is resistant to antibiotics and the only way to tell if you have VRE is if your doctor orders a blood, urine or faeces sample for testing.

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