MRSA free year for NNUH
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.
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.”
Fee Sharples, NNUH governor, said: “This is a tremendous achievement, we are very proud of all our staff for working so hard to keep our hospital clean and safe so enabling us to offer the best possible care for our patients.”
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.