Reducing infections

Fighting infections is a top priority in all our hospitals for all our patients. We know that patients and their relatives worry about infections such as MRSA and Clostridium difficile, which is why we have put in place a number of measures to help us keep them at bay.


We have met targets to reduce infections. Over the last two years MRSA bacteraemia rates have fallen significantly. During 2009/10 there were just 16 cases, compared to 28 in 2008/09 and 33 in 2007/08. Out of the 16, only four were hospital acquired i.e. occurring 48 hours after admission. We have also continued to reduce rates of Clostridium difficile. The total number of cases 48 hours after admission was 68  in 2009/10 in comparison to 115 in the previous year.

Our handy hints

There are lots of things you can do to help us reduce infections:

  • Wash your hands and use the alcohol gel provided. "Washing your hands"
  • Don’t be afraid to remind your nurses and doctors to wash their hands.
  • Keep it clean: Help us to keep the hospital clean and leave public areas, including toilets, as you would like to find them. Let us know if there are any areas which are not up to standard, especially public toilets. Please speak to the senior nurse on your ward or clinic or contact PALS.
  • Visiting? Reduce the number of people visiting to a maximum of two if you can. Please do not sit on patient’s beds or their chairs. There are specific chairs for visitors. If visiting more than one patient — don’t forget to wash your hands after seeing each one.

You can also find out more by visiting the Health Protection Agency's website