Press release – March 20 2017
Trust celebrates four years without MRSA
Wye Valley NHS Trust is celebrating four years 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 one other hospital achieving a longer period 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 clocked up four years of being free from MRSA on Saturday, March 18.
It 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.
Lucy Flanagan, the Trust’s Director of Nursing and Quality, said: “The welfare of our patients is our priority and we do all we can to ensure that none of them suffers from an avoidable infection.
“Our staff members continue to play a vital 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 Lucy.
Celebrating four years free from hospital-acquired MRSA are, from the left: Back row: Director of nursing Lucy Flanagan, lead infection prevention nurse Sarah Hardy, senior biomedical scientist Graham Smith, and medical laboratory assistants Lynette Carter and Evelyn Williams.
Front row: Laboratory manager Dr Moira Kaye, infection prevention nurse Beverley Phillips and medical laboratory assistant Emma Sheppard.
Note to Editors:
- 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 Amanda Millichip, Communications Officer 01432 355444 ext. 5105.
The above should be viewed in the context of the draft Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) which was published in November 2016. It is ‘owned’ by all local health and care organisations working across Herefordshire & Worcestershire, supported by Voluntary Sector representatives.
It’s really early days and at this stage just sets out a direction of travel for the next 4/5 years. We are not consulting on the draft plan, instead through an initiative called Your Conversation we’re having a very early discussion with local people about how this sounds.
There are some STP headline priorities, which are:
- Doing more to prevent illness and encouraging people to live healthier lives
- Encouraging people to self-care or self-manage more of the routine aspects of their conditions
- Improving access to GP appointments
- Improving our community services which care for people at home, including making better use of technology
- Changing role for Community Hospitals
- Easier access to emergency/urgent care
- Making our acute and specialist services more sustainable
For more info visit www.yourconversationhw.nhs.uk