Superbug-free for a year

The trust's infection control team
The trust's infection control team

FOR the first time since the superbug first reared its head, not a single case of hospital-acquired MRSA has been reported at all of Wigan’s NHS trust sites for a whole year.

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust is celebrating the achievement which it says is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the staff to reduce Healthcare Associated Infections (HCAIs).

Acting chief executive Rob Forster said: “We are absolutely delighted to have reached this milestone and I would like to thank our dedicated staff for making this a reality for our patients.

“Our priority remains to provide all our patients with high quality safe, care. This landmark day shows that we do provide a safe environment for our patient’s.”

The trust credits improved clinical and environmental investments including additional education and training for staff and the embedment of MRSA elective and emergency policies. WWL was also recently ranked as the cleanest hospital trust for the second year running by the Patient-Led Assessments of the Care Environment (Place).

Lynda Barkess-Jones, deputy director of infection prevention and control, said: “Having no cases of hospital acquired MRSA Bacteraemia proves that the care we provide is safe and effective. Often those patients that acquire healthcare related infection while in a hospital are already quite poorly and so we want to do everything we can to prevent any further complications and distress from happening.”

The trust’s site at Wrightington is about to enter its 14th year of being MRSA-free while reported C. difficile cases stand at only six so far for 2015/16.

A trust spokesman said: “Twelve months without a single case of hospital-acquired MRSA bacteraemia is an outstanding achievement and excellent news for our patients and visitors. However, we will not be complacent and must continually look to see what we can do further to preserve this level of success. We will do this by retaining infection prevention and control as our priority, encouraging good standards of hand washing practices, along with environmental hygiene; whilst maintaining the trust’s culture of challenging any poor practice in all our clinical areas.”