An NHS Trust has written to seven people after a patient contracted hepatitis C whilst in its care.
NHS Lanarkshire say the precautionary measure follows a detailed investigation determined the patient became infected during their inpatient stay at Monklands Hospital.
Dr Iain Wallace, NHS Lanarkshire medical director, said: “We are committed to providing the highest standards of infection control across all of our services. It is of the greatest regret that on this occasion we did not do so. We have already used the lessons learned from this case to make further improvements to our infection control processes and practice.”
The exact mode of transmission remains uncertain. The seven people contacted were all in Monklands Hospital around the time the individual became infected in April 2012.
It is very unlikely that any of the seven people have been infected with hepatitis C