HSE reduce Fahan treatment numbers to 11

Eleven residents are now being treated at the Donegal nursing home where six patients have died in recent weeks.

Eleven residents are now being treated at the Donegal nursing home where six patients have died in recent weeks.

Initially 27 residents were being treated but the Health Service Executive (HSE) has reduced the number.

Director of Public Health for HSE West Dr. Peter Wright said he was confident that the condition of the 11 residents would improve.

The HSE has said it is suspected that the six deaths the Nazareth House nursing home near Buncrana were the result of a virus. The deaths occurred between March 22nd and April 2nd. Five of the deaths occurred in recent days.

Dr. Wright said there is very little risk of spread to the general public. “These problems tend to spread within institutions. But we would always encourage people in the risk groups to have the influenza vaccine each year and get as high a uptake as possible in order to prevent outbreaks of flu-like illness.”

Initial test results are expected later today or tomorrow but Dr. Wright said that is unlikely to change the treatment that residents are undergoing.