A ward at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children is to close temporarily due to a fungus infection.

The Belfast Health Trust confirmed that increased levels of aspergillus are present within one ward of the children’s haematology unit.

The Trust said it had taken the decision to move patients from the ward to allow remedial works to take place.

It is expected the ward will be closed for approximately five weeks.

This is while work is carried out to allow the trust “to improve our management of air quality in the unit”.

“During this period all at-risk patients will be cared for in other wards within the hospital with appropriate care plans in place,” the Belfast Health Trust added in a statement,

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“We apologise to families impacted

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