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Best ever performance in MRSA fight

PUBLISHED: 11:08 15 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:01 05 July 2010

The James Paget University Hospital has achieved its best ever performance on the MRSA superbug, new figures show.

There have been six cases in the seven months from the beginning of April to the end of October, which is the lowest figure ever - although three of them were in October alone.

The James Paget University Hospital has achieved its best ever performance on the MRSA superbug, new figures show.

There have been six cases in the seven months from the beginning of April to the end of October, which is the lowest figure ever - although three of them were in October alone. The target is 11 per year. Three of six those cases were already acquired before the patient came into hospital.

There were 31 cases of the C difficile superbug in the same seven-month period, well below the target of 91 for the whole year. There were five cases in October, below the target of eight. At last Friday's council of governors meeting, director of finance and performance Julie Cave said the achievement was “excellent”.

The hospital is also meeting the challenging 18-week national target, which says that by the end of this month 90pc of admitted patients and 95pc of outpatients should be seen in the timeframe. Mrs Cave said there had been some areas of difficulty, particularly oral surgery, where delays had now been eased by bringing back a retired consultant to do operations.

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