Statement regarding potential listeria contamination

Media Release


Friday, 22 February 2019

St Vincent’s Private Hospital Melbourne has received a precautionary alert from Victoria’s Department of Health and Human Services regarding the potential receipt of listeria-contaminated food from a catering provider.

The catering company supplies food for hospitals, aged care villages and Meals on Wheels in Melbourne, including St Vincent’s Private Hospital Melbourne’s facilities at Kew and East Melbourne.

In response, St Vincent’s Private Hospital Melbourne has taken the following actions:

•    All food at the two hospitals sourced from the catering provider has been discarded.
•    A list of patients who consumed food at the two hospitals during the period of concern – between 13 January 2019 and 21 February 2019 – has been collated.
•    In accordance with the Department’s alert, the hospital will begin contacting patients on the list who are in vulnerable groups (eg: the elderly) – and considered most at risk – as a precaution.
•    An alternative food source for the two hospitals has been arranged and will remain in place until further notice.

Due to the potential delay in listeria symptom development (70 days), St Vincent’s Private Hospital Melbourne will continue to monitor the situation for the next several months.

If any recent patient at St Vincent’s Private Hospital Melbourne’s facilities at Kew or East Melbourne has any concerns they should contact 0419 542 599.

Media contact: Paul Andrews 0409 665 495

Download copy of the statement here.