Scottish government launches probe after deaths at IBI hospital

Queen Elizabeth University Hospital

Two patients contracted infection linked to pigeon droppings

An investigation into the design and construction of a £842m Glasgow hospital designed by IBI’s Nightingale Associates has been launched by the Scottish government after two deaths.

Jeane Freeman, Scottish cabinet secretary for health and sport, commissioned the review into whether Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, which opened in May 2015, was “fit for purpose” after it emerged two patients had contracted an infection linked to pigeon droppings.

The fungal infection was labelled a “contributory factor” in the death of one of the patients, a child. The other patient died of unrelated causes.

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