Record MRSA figures for Sherwood Forest Hospitals Trust

Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is celebrating after achieving 500 days without a single case of Trust-acquired MRSA in their hospitals.

The Trust says this is down to its drive for continuous improvement and commitment to providing the best care for their patients.

The Trust has robust plans in place to tackle hospital-acquired infections. All patients are screened on admission and strict protocols are in place to minimise the rise of cross-infection. Infection control procedures are emphasised to all staff - strict hand hygiene measures are in place as is the use of enhanced environmental cleaning.

The Trust also continues to raise awareness of the importance of effective hand hygiene to relatives and visitors by encouraging them to wash their hands or use hand gels.

Carolyn White, Chief Executive of the Trust, said: “Infection prevention is our top priority and we are delighted to have achieved 500 days without a case of MRSA bacteraemia.

“This is good news for patients and visitors and is a measure of the hard work and commitment from the staff throughout the whole Trust”.

“However, we are not complacent and will continue to prioritise efforts to continue to reduce the incidence of infections at our hospitals”.