Press release – August 16 2018
Wye Valley NHS Trust is celebrating its 2,000th day without a case of health-care associated MRSA bacteraemia (blood stream) infections in its hospitals – maintaining its position as the top performing NHS Trust in England.
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 the Trust’s top priorities,” said Sarah Hardy, the Trust’s lead infection prevention nurse.
“Reducing MRSA bacteraemia is a national target across the NHS and this Trust has led the way for several years.
“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 Sarah.
“This outstanding achievement is due to the tenacity and determination of our staff to provide first class patient care.”
The Trust – which reached the 2,000-day milestone today, Thursday, August 16 - frequently runs awareness campaigns linked to infection control to raise awareness of the importance of effective hand hygiene among its staff, patients and their relatives and visitors to the Trust’s hospitals.
“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 heathcare associated infections at bay here at the Trust,” added Sarah.
STOP RIGHT THERE! Members of WVT’s Infection Control Team are, from the left, Lucie Grisewood, Laura Weston and Sarah Hardy.
Note to Editors:
Wye Valley NHS Trust is a 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 £180 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:
Wye valley NHS Trust communications team 01432 372928 or 01432 355444 x5105.