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Trust celebrates 1,000 days without MRSA

Wye Valley NHS Trust is celebrating 1,000 days without a case of hospital-acquired MRSA bacteraemia (blood stream) infection in its hospitals - making it the top performer in the West Midlands.

In fact, this puts the Trust as a top performer in England, with only six other hospitals achieving a similar amount of time without an MRSA bacteraemia.

The Trust has a “zero tolerance approach” to healthcare associated infections and is committed to providing first class patient care.

“That’s why infection control is one of our priorities,” said Alison Johnson, Consultant Microbiologist at the Trust.

“Reducing MRSA bacteraemia is a national target across the NHS and this Trust has the best record on this in the West Midlands.

“There are many reasons for this good record - we have a strict cleaning, hygiene and hand-washing regimes, a robust antibiotic prescribing policy and ongoing screening of all people that we admit to hospital.

“We have a dedicated team of medical and clinical staff who understand the importance of infection control and it’s very much down to their vigilance and determination that we have reached this major milestone,” added Alison.

“On behalf of all our patients, I’d like to publicly thank them for their determination to keep the hospital clear of MRSA - this outstanding achievement is due to their tenacity and determination to provide first class patient care.”

The Trust frequently runs awareness campaigns linked to infection control which raises awareness of the importance of effective hand hygiene among both its staff, patients and their relatives and visitors to the Trust’s hospitals.

Michelle Clarke, the Trust’s Director of Nursing and Quality, said: “None of our patients wants to suffer from an avoidable infection, and none of our staff wants to be responsible for one.

“Our staff members have played a big role in reducing hospital-acquired infections and are encouraged to challenge each other if they feel proper infection control processes are not being followed.

“This is a great achievement, but the challenge remains and we’re not resting on our laurels. We will continue to be vigilant and on our guard to keep hospital acquired infections at bay here at the Trust,” added Michelle.


Note to editors

  • Staphylococcus aureus is a common coloniser (lives on) of the skin that can cause disease, particularly if there is an opportunity for the bacteria to enter the body.  Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a type resistant to antibiotics such as flucloxacillin, which is normally used to treat these kinds of infections. 
  • A small percentage of the population will be colonised with MRSA. It is normally harmless, and people do not go on to develop an infection, however colonisation is a known risk factor and if it gets into open wounds it could cause a wound infection, and on rare occasions it could get into the bloodstream and cause a blood stream infection
  • When new patients are admitted into hospital, a swab is taken from their nose and other sites to screen them for MRSA. If the patient is found to have the bacteria living on their skin, they can be given a course of treatment to reduce the number of bacteria on their skin. This reduces the chance of MRSA getting into wounds or places where it might cause a problem.
  • Wye Valley NHS Trust is the provider health services across Herefordshire and beyond. The Trust exists to improve the wellbeing, independence and health of the people we serve. We are the leading provider of health care in Herefordshire.
  • By working closely with our partners, we can make good our promise to deliver a quality of care we would want for ourselves, our families and our friends.
  • With an estimated annual turnover of around £160 million, we employ around 2,700 plus staff. We aim to build new relationships between our staff, patients, service users and their carers with the wider community.For further information please contact:

For further information please contact:

John Burnett, Communication and Engagement Manager, Wye Valley NHS Trust: 01432 372928 or Fiona Gurney, Communications Assistant 01432 355444 ext. 5105.

Contact Details

John Burnett
Communication and engagement manager
Tel: 01432 372928
Email: John.Burnett@wvt.nhs.uk

Amanda Millichip
Communications officer
Tel: 01432 355444 Ext: 5105
Email: Amanda.Millichip@wvt.nhs.uk

Fiona Gurney
Communications officer
Tel: 01432 355444 Ext: 5105
Email:  Fiona.gurney@wvt.nhs.uk


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