BOSSES at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are celebrating after the Trust went three years without a case of hospital-acquired MRSA bacteraemia (blood stream infection) at its hospitals.
The Trust, which manages King’s Mill Hospital and Newark Hospital, last recorded a case of MRSA bacteraemia on 18th March 2010.
They say this makes Sherwood Forest Hospitals the top Trust in the East Midlands region, and one of the leading Trusts in the UK, for stamping out the infection.
Eric Morton, chief executive of Sherwood Forest Hospitals, said: “Three years without a single case of hospital-acquired MRSA bacteraemia is fantastic news for our patients, visitors and staff.
“This outstanding achievement is a result of our zero tolerance approach to infections and clearly reflects the Trust’s commitment to providing first class patient care. I am very proud of each and every member of our staff for playing their part in reaching such a significant milestone.”
Hand hygiene campaigns run by the Trust continue to raise awareness of the importance of effective hand hygiene for relatives and visitors by encouraging them to also wash their hands or use hand gels.
As part of the Trust’s commitment to providing the highest level of care, patients are routinely screened for MRSA when they are admitted into hospital. If a patient is found to have the bacteria living on their skin they are given a course of treatment to reduce the number of bacteria.