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Right Arrow Trust has lowest MRSA and Clostridium Difficile numbers in North West
05 November 2007 at 14:33

Figures released on 1st November by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) show that Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust has the lowest number of cases of clostridium difficile, commonly known as C.diff, and of MRSA among North West general acute hospitals.

In the quarter April to June 2007, the Trust had just 23 cases of C.diff and 6 cases of MRSA infection.

The figures show that not only do we have the lowest numbers in the North West for this quarter, but the Trust is also among the top ten general acute hospitals in the country for the number of cases of C.diff and we have the fourth lowest number of cases of MRSA since reporting began.

Geraldine Boocock, Director of Infection Control said, “While it is always useful to be able to compare how we are doing against other Trusts in the country, the more important thing for us is what is going on in our hospitals. These figures have been release in the week after our own Infection Control Week during which we reinforced the message that it is everyone’s responsibility to help prevent the spread of infection. We have had to report figures for MRSA for six years now and for 3½ years for C.diff, and I believe the fact that we have had consistently low numbers over this time is testament to the hard work of our staff and the co-operation of our visitors.

“We believe the new measures that we have recently introduced, such as the microfibre cleaning cloths, the new gel stations that are being put up by the wards and the additional isolation rooms that will soon be open will help us to maintain our good record on all healthcare associated infections.

“Once again, I would like to thank all our staff for their hard work and our visitors for their co-operation in the fight against infection.”

Notes to editors

Picture shows the Infection Control Team at Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, from left to right:
Nicky Gilbert, Martin Kiernan, Julie Halsall, Bridget Lees and Dawn Burgess


Issued by Matthew King, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

Enquiries to: Matthew King Tel: 01704 704714
E-mail: matthew.king@southportandormskirk.nhs.uk