ALL patients have been removed from Belhaven Hospital after bacteria was found in a number of taps.

NHS Lothian confirmed earlier this week that a number of patients had been moved to Haddington’s East Lothian Community Hospital while additional cleaning was ongoing on the ward.

At that time, a spokesperson for NHS Lothian was unable to state which ward had closed “due to patient confidentiality”.

However, today (Friday), Dr Tracey Gillies, medical director, NHS Lothian, confirmed the remaining patients were also being moved to Haddington.

NHS Lothian is working closely with East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership (ELHSCP) and are “taking all steps required” to ensure patients, visitors and staff “are not placed at increased risk of harm”.

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She said: “No patients or staff are unwell as a result of this water quality issue, however as part of our ongoing commitment to safety and hygiene, and as a precautionary measure, the remaining patients will be temporarily relocated to East Lothian Community Hospital.

“This will allow for additional work to be carried out on the water system including cleaning, disinfection and flushing of the affected items in accordance with national guidance.

“A number of staff have also been asked to work from East Lothian Community Hospital whilst this required work is ongoing.

“Once all initial investigations are complete, a comprehensive plan covering all actions required will be developed and implemented in advance of residents and patients moving back.

“We are working hard to minimise the length of time residents, patients and staff are affected by this water quality issue, and their safety remains our top priority.

“We will continue to provide updates for patients, residents, relatives and staff, including how long it will take for all required work to be completed.”