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Right Arrow Trust maintains its position as top for cleanliness
06 February 2007 at 08:46
Figures published on Tuesday last week show that Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust still has the lowest rate of MRSA Bloodstream infection of any general acute hospital in the country.

Over the five and a half years that Trusts have had to report figures to the Department of Health, the Trust has reported the lowest percentage rate of any General Acute Trust in the country and a total of only 57 cases in the whole of that time.

Martin Kiernan, Infection Control Nurse Consultant said, “We are very encouraged by these figures, and pleased that they reflect our continuing commitment to providing our patients with the cleanest and safest possible environment. Patients should feel reassured by this news and they can be confident that their local Trust is the best there is when it comes to cleanliness.

“As an infection control team we know that clean, safe care is not an optional extra, and this view is fully supported by everyone within the Trust. It has also been encouraging to see so many visitors washing their hands or using the alcohol rub as they enter and leave the wards, but there are still those who do not and I would want to encourage every one to do so as a matter of course.

“Patients have a right to expect a high standard of care every time they visit a hospital and we believe our team approach to cleanliness, with domestic services working together with nursing staff and the infection control team, is the most effective way of fulfilling those expectations.

“Despite this news, we are not complacent and we will continue to strive to make the hospital an even cleaner and safer environment, reducing incidents to the minimum level possible. Any avoidable infection is one too many, and if a patient contracts an MRSA bloodstream infection, a thorough investigation is undertaken in order to help us make improvements to try to ensure it is avoided in the future.”

This comes just after the Trust has had confirmation that it is to receive £275,000 from the Department of Health as its share of the £50 million fund to help hospitals install new facilities to help tackle infections.

It is intended to use this money to build six new isolation rooms, which will enable us to isolate more patients when necessary. We will also be looking at the most effective positioning of alcohol gel dispensers to maximise their use by visitors and others entering and leaving wards. These further actions should help us to preserve and improve our excellent record so far.

Notes to Editors

Pictures illustrate a nurse washing her hands and the MRSA bacteria under the microscope.

MRSA stands for Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

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

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