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North Cumbria's hospitals in top 25 for no MRSA cases

Posted on Monday 3rd October 2011

Infection prevention staff showing hand washing technique

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust is among the top 25 hospital trusts in the country not to have had a single MRSA case in more than a year.

The Health Protection Agency has published the monthly data for MRSA for June 2011. Compared with June 2010, the statistics show:

  • MRSA bloodstream infections nationally have fallen from 134 to 97. This represents a 28 per cent reduction and a record low since MRSA mandatory surveillance started in 2001
  • 25 acute trusts have had no trust-apportioned MRSA infections between June 2010 and June 2011 including North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust

The last two cases at North Cumbria’s hospitals were in April 2010 and in May 2010 – which now makes the Trust one of the best performing trusts in the country at reducing MRSA rates.

The Trust is also performing very well on Clostridium difficile. There were only 57 cases of the infection attributed to the Trust in the last financial year against a target of 160.

This year, the Trust will have to have no more than 4 cases of post 48 hour MRSA and less than 120 C.difficile cases.

Chris Platton, Acting Director of Nursing, said: “We know this is important to our patients. Our clinical staff should be congratulated for this significant reduction in infection rates and the fact we haven’t had a single case of MRSA for well over a year now.

“Staff have put many new practices in place which has also ensured we have continued to significantly reduce our rates month-on-month.”

Dr Clive Graham, Consultant Microbiologist and Clinical Lead for Support Services, for North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “The reduction in infection rates across the Trust is due to the hard work and determination of not only the infection prevention and control teams but also to every member of staff who has given infection prevention the highest priority at all times.

“Specific steps that have been taken to address this have included ensuring that cleanliness is to the highest standards, promoting hand hygiene and ensuring that antibiotics are being used prudently. Reducing infection rates to such a degree should reassure our patients and it will remain our number one priority.”

The HPA now publish MRSA and C. difficile infection data on a weekly basis for each hospital site so patients can see which hospitals are doing well and which ones are lagging behind. Mandatory surveillance now also includes MSSA and E. coli infections.

Notes to editors

1. The healthcare associated infection statistics between June 2010 and June 2011 can be found on the HPA website:

2. The 25 acute trusts that have had no trust-apportioned MRSA infections between June 2010 and June 2011 are:

  • Barnsley Hospital
  • Basingstoke & North Hampshire
  • Birmingham Children's Hospital
  • Burton Hospitals
  • Christie Hospital
  • Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology
  • Colchester Hospital University
  • George Eliot Hospital
  • Kettering General Hospital
  • Liverpool Women's
  • Mid Cheshire Hospitals
  • Moorfields Eye Hospital
  • North Cumbria University Hospitals
  • Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic & District Hospital
  • Royal Berkshire
  • Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases
  • Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital
  • Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals
  • Sheffield Children's
  • Sherwood Forest Hospitals
  • The Rotherham
  • The Royal Bournemouth & Christchurch Hospitals
  • The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital
  • Trafford Healthcare
  • West Suffolk Hospitals