Whipps Cross has lowest MRSA rate

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CLEAN: Sisters Jacinda Simon and Cynthia Gay with Dr Ovishek Roy wash their hands. Picture by Roy Tillett

Our commitment to patient safety is a key part of our success in keeping hospital-acquired infection rates consistently low.”

WHIPPS Cross Hospital is celebrating after being given a clean bill of health from the Health Protection Agency (HPA).

The hospital, in Whipps Cross Road, Leytonstone, scored its hat-trick after having the lowest MRSA rate for acute Hospitals in London for three of the last five years.

Figures published by the HPA for April 1, 2009, to March 31, 2010, show Whipps Cross had just two MRSA infections during the year, equivalent to a rate of 0.09 infections per 10,000 bed days.

Director of infection prevention and control, Albert Mifsud, described it as a great achievement.

He said: “Our commitment to patient safety is a key part of our success in keeping hospital-acquired infection rates consistently low.

“We regularly monitor our systems to ensure that they comply with the national hygiene code, and every aspect of our work, from our governance arrangements to the responsibilities of individual members of staff on our wards, is geared towards this.”

Last year the trust introduced improved hand washing facilities to help reduce infection rates.

MRSA screening for all emergency admissions also helped keep the numbers down.

Universal screening for MRSA of all elective admissions in accordance with Department of Health guidelines has been implemented, with the Trust being fully compliant since July 2009.

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