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Right Arrow Trust is still top for cleanliness
26 July 2006 at 09:59
Figures published on Monday 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 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 having a total of only 52 cases during that time.

This news comes just a week after the Trust launched the second phase of the cleanyourhands campaign, and the figures are a reflection of the success of the ongoing campaign to raise awareness with both our staff and our visitors.

Martin Kiernan, Infection Control Nurse Consultant said, “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. As has been shown with the successful cleanyourhands campaign, which we are continuing, staff cleaning their hands at the point of care is a fundamental aspect of reducing the risk of infection. But visitors must also play their part, and it has been encouraging to see so many washing their hands or using the alcohol rub as they enter and leave the wards.

“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.

“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.

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. ”

Notes to Editors

Picture illustrates a nurse washing her hands.

MRSA stands for Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

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

Enquiries to: Matthew King Tel: 01704 704714