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15 August 2008 at 13:44
Patients choosing Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust are choosing one of only seven non-specialist trusts in the country to have achieved a clean sheet with no cases of MRSA Bacteraemia in the December to March quarter. We are still comfortably the best performing trust in the North West and are now in the top five nationally since reporting began.

These figures, released last week, continue the downward trend we have seen for the last year and it is the fourth consecutive quarter where the numbers have fallen. Early indications suggest that this performance is continuing during the first quarter of this year as well.

We have also once again had the lowest number of cases of clostridium difficile of any acute trust in the North West by a considerable margin. This means that for the four years since figures have been reported we now have the lowest total number of cases for a non-specialist hospital in the North West and the sixth lowest number in the country.

“This is fabulous news for our patients and testament to the excellent work being done by all our staff under the guidance of the infection control team,” commented Geraldine Boocock, Director of Infection Control. “The enhanced screening and additional isolation facilities have helped us to maintain our position in the fight against hospital acquired infections. It is now 253 days since the last hospital acquired case of MRSA and this is down to the hard work of all staff and the co-operation of our visitors in washing their hands when they enter and leave the wards.”

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

Enquiries to: Matthew King Tel: 01704 704714