All major orthopaedic surgery has been suspended at one of the largest hospitals in the northeast after a patient was diagnosed with an infection resistant to antibiotics.

The bug, known as VRE, was diagnosed at Our Lady's Hospital in Navan, Co Meath.

In a statement, the North Eastern Health Board said the cessation was necessary to prevent the spread of infection.

All elective orthopaedic surgery has been postponed since 29 July, although the board only informed the public today. The NEHB said services would be restored as soon as possible.