Lincolnshire

Fall in infection rates at Lincolnshire hospitals

The number of cases of serious infections contracted in Lincolnshire hospitals has fallen.

The United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust said rates of MRSA and C. difficile (C. diff) reduced significantly from 2009.

Three cases of MRSA were reported in the past six months compared to 23 in the same period last year, according to the latest figures.

While cases of C.diff are down from 159 in the past financial year to 58 between April to September.

Results 'encouraging'

The trust said hygiene improvements and more careful prescribing of antibiotics had contributed to the reduced infection rates.

Chief nurse at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust Sylvia Knight said she was delighted that the number of infections in Lincolnshire's hospitals had continued to drop, but there was still work to do.

"The reductions we have seen are extremely encouraging and I am proud of all of our dedicated staff, patients and visitors who have helped to ensure that we keep our rates of infections low.

"However, we would like to reduce our rates of infection even further, so that we have no avoidable infections at all in any of our hospitals."

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