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11 July 2013 at 15:33
No cases of MRSA bloodstream infection were recorded at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust last year, according to its latest annual report.

“We are proud to be one of only 32 NHS acute trusts which recorded no MRSA bacteraemia infections in 2012/13 out of a total of 164 organisations,” said Executive Medical Director Mr Rob Gillies, pictured.

“Measures taken in the North West Regional Spinal Injuries Unit also saw transmission of MRSA colonisation fall to zero for the first time since 1990. This is a tremendous achievement given the challenge of balancing infection control priorities with the rehabilitation needs of patients,” he added.

MRSA (meticillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus) is a version of a
widespread germ which is resistant to some antibiotics. It can be treated.

Clostridium difficile infections, which can occur in people who have recently had a course of antibiotics and are in hospital, also fell with 23 infections reported – a 30% reduction on 2011/12.

The Annual Report shows a challenging year in some clinical areas but in diagnostics, cancer referrals and treatment waits, the Trust was meeting or planning to exceed the targets set for it by the year end.

Trust chairman Sir Ron Watson CBE said: “2012/13 was a year of major organisational change in the NHS with big rises in demand for a number of our services. Staff must be thanked for their unstinting dedication to maintaining and improving the services our patients expect of us.”

Issued by Tony Ellis, marketing and communications manager
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Telephone 01704 704494

Notes for editors

1. Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust manages Southport and Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk and District General Hospital. It is also responsible for many community healthcare services for adults in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire. The Trust provides healthcare to a population of 258,000 people and employs 3,378 staff.

2. On 11 July 2013 the Trust had been 508 days free of MRSA bacteraemia infection

3. The 2012/13 Annual Report, which is available on the Trust website, also shows:

• Patient falls down 52% in four years
• Pressure sores down 53% in two years
• 98,163 urgent care consultations
• 247,605 outpatients seen
• 60,635 inpatients treated
• 3,043 births at Ormskirk hospital