MRSA cases fall to zero at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

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MRSA cases fall to zero at hospital trust

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.

“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.”

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