Archbishop of York suffers from food poisoning

6:08pm Friday 10th October 2008


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THE Archbishop of York is suffering from severe food poisoning which was diagnosed after he returned form a recent tour to West Africa.

Dr John Sentamu is suffering from a case of virulent gastroenteritis and he has been admitted to the University College Hospital (UCH), in London.

The illness means that the archbishop, who spent four days in Ghana on his recent trip, has had to cancel several local appointments.

The cancellations include events at St Oswald’s Church, Fulford, York, and one at St Michael le Belfrey Church, in Minister Yard, tomorrow. (sun) A spokesman for the archbishop said: “On Monday 6 October, following a return from an official four day visit to Ghana, Dr Sentamu was diagnosed as suffering from a case of virulent gastroenteritis.

“He was subsequently admitted to University College Hospital in London where he is now receiving treatment for a severe form of salmonella poisoning.

“The archbishop has expressed his deep gratitude and thanks to the staff at UCH for the expert and professional care which he has been receiving and is confident of making a full recovery in due course.

“Dr Sentamu remains in good spirits. He is receiving excellent care and is praying for other patients in the hospital.

“The archbishop retains very fond memories from his visit to Ghana which was made at the invitation of the Chief Justice of Ghana and Primate of West Africa.

“During his visit the archbishop met with President John Agyekum Kufuor, the president of Ghana, the vice-president and Speaker of the House, in addition to meeting Otumfuo Osei-Tutu II, King of the Asantehene peoples.

“During his visit Dr Sentamu preached on four occasions at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Accra, including a special service to mark the legal year in Ghana."



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