To ensure that precautionary measures put in place at the Singapore General Hospital (SGH) have been effective, the independent review committee looking into the outbreak of hepatitis C has recommended that an additional 350 patients be screened (29 Oct).
The review committee recommended that in addition to patients who stayed in wards 64A and 67 from January to June, that all patients admitted to these wards between July and September be screened for the virus as well.
To date, 601 patients have been screened of whom 594 tested negative. Three tested positive while results of four are pending. In addition, 311 staff members have also been screened, of whom all have tested negative, the result of one is pending. In a separate statement, SGH noted that it would start contacting all patients admitted to the affected wards between July and September for screening.
Concerned patients, unsure if they are affected can call 6321-3356, send a SMS to 8799-2736 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and should provide their name and number.
Source: SGH to screen 350 more patients for hepatitis C (The Straits Times, 29 Oct 2015)