Norfolk Hospital MRSA Free For Year

22 March 2013, 05:00

The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital says its been free of MRSA for a year.

Governors at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) heard yesterday that the hospital had been completely clear of MRSA blood stream infections (bacteraemias) for more than a year.
The bacteria can cause potentially life threatening infections if it gets into your bloodstream.
Anna Dugdale, Chief Executive of NNUH, said: "This is the first time in the history of  NNUH that we have achieved a whole 'MRSA free' year.  We cannot afford to be complacent and our fight against infections is relentless. However, this is an exciting milestone and the result of the consistent application of simple but strict infection control practices by all our staff."
Dr Ngozi Elumogo, Director of Infection Prevention and Control at NNUH, said: "We have developed a series of additional measures such as universal patient screening programmes, real time electronic communications, regular clinical reviews, audits, staff training and timely feedback which have helped us to maintain high standards.  Infection prevention and control is everybody's business and we are all committed to reducing the risk to our patients."