Eliot assurance on MRSA control; HOSPITAL HAS 'ROBUST SURVEILLANCE' POLICY IN PLACE.
And they have assured patients and staff that the hospital complies "fully" with Department of Health guidelines.
The hospital issued a statement today in the wake of news that 25 patients were diagnosed with the MRSA infection in the year up to April - a reduction of two on the previous year.
Hospital spokesman Nigel Lucas said: "MRSA is a problem for all hospitals in the UK and this week the Secretary of State for Health Dr John Reid has announced new measures to combat this problem. The George Eliot is not unique in this respect.
"We'd like to assure the people of north Warwickshire and beyond - including all our patients and staff -- that the George Eliot Hospital complies fully with the Department of Health Controls Assurance Standards for infection control.
"In fact, our levels of control are higher than the national average."
He added: "We have a robust surveillance policy in place to monitor all hospital-acquired infections, not just MRSA.
"In support of this process, we have a specialist infection control team, supported by a full programme of education that is active for staff, patients and relatives. This programme includes training, hygiene awareness, information leaflets and hand-washing guidance."
He said the hospital also takes part in the mandatory reporting of MRSA blood infections.
Mr Lucas added: "Whilst our aim is to prevent infections, we do have the necessary systems and procedures needed to contain any problems that may arise."
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|Publication:||Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)|
|Date:||Jul 15, 2004|
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