Superbugs at all time low in hospital

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BOSSES at Doncaster’s main hospitals’ trust have slashed levels of a potentially deadly superbug to a record low.

Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals’ NHS Foundation Trust has ended the financial year with just one patient affected by MRSA during the year.

It is the lowest figure since regular tests and screening were introduced for the bug.

Hilary Bond, the director of nursing and quality at the trust which runs sites including the Doncaster Royal Infirmary and Mexborough Montagu Hospital, praised the efforts of staff.

She said: “It is an incredible achievement to have such a low MRSA infection rate.

“One patient is one too many and we will continue to take a zero tolerance approach in this new financial year.

“But the consistent and dedicated efforts of staff mean that we have significantly reduced the number of patients who suffered with MRSA bloodstream infection in our hospitals from 12 last year to just one. “We will strive for no infections at all this year.”

Screening for MRSA across the trust’s hospitals was introduced in 2009. Patients booked for non emergency surgery are offered screening at a pre-assessment clinic, or by ward or community nursing staff.