Hospital slashes MRSA cases

A NORFOLK hospital has slashed its MRSA infection rates by 80pc over the last five years, governors heard.The James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston saw only 10 cases of the bug being recorded in 2008/9, compared to 50 in 2004/5.

A NORFOLK hospital has slashed its MRSA infection rates by 80pc over the last five years, governors heard.

The James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston saw only 10 cases of the bug being recorded in 2008/9, compared to 50 in 2004/5.

And the governors' council was told that in 2008/9, there were 55 cases of another infectious bug C difficile - 58 lower that the previous 12 months.

The dramatic fall in cases follows a high-profile deep clean of the hospital and a Think Pink educational campaign.


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Nick Coveney, director of nursing and patient services said: “Last year was our best performance yet in reducing hospital-acquired infections.

“Our staff should be congratulated on this significant achievement. Infection control is a top priority and as such, we have a zero-tolerance approach to infection.”

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The governors' meeting also heard that simple touch-screen technology and hand-held devices will be introduced later in the year so patients can record their views of experiences in the hospital, to provide useful feedback for hospital bosses.

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