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Infection Control

The prevention of infection is a high priority at Mayday Healthcare NHS Trust because it is vital to the quality of care that our patients receive.

There is an Infection Control and Prevention Team who are available to give advice on infections and how to prevent their spread and ensuring good practice is followed by everyone at Mayday.

Incidents of MRSA bacteraemia (bloodstream infections) remained stable in 08/09 compared to the previous year, with 21 cases recorded.

In the same year incidents of Clostridium difficile (C.diff) reduced by 47%  and there were 54 cases less than the predicted threshold.

Most elective (planned) patients are screened for MRSA prior to their operation and appropriate treatment is given to those who are found to be positive. Emergency admissions are also screened on admission so they can be treated. See below for more details.

The Trust has taken delivery of 580 new mattresses, as part of its ongoing campaign to reduce healthcare infections and improve the quality of its facilities.

If you have questions about your risk of developing an infection then please ask the health care staff looking after you.

The 3 main principles of infection control are:

  1. Clean hands – using alcohol hand gel or soap and water
  2. Keep the hospital clean and tidy
  3. Isolation of patients with known or suspected infections wherever possible.

We also ask the public and patients to help us by:

  • Not visiting if you or your children have an infection e.g. sickness and/or diarrhoea
  • Complying with any infection control notices  – especially if there is a current infection in the area
  • Only having two visitors by a bed without prior agreement
  • Washing hands with soap and water after using the toilet in the hospital and when arriving on the ward
  • Using the alcohol gel within the wards
  • Asking any doctor or nurse if they have washed their hands

MRSA screening

Mayday screens patients in accordance with our MRSA policy which is available in full here:

MRSA Infection Control policy version 5 March 2009

Elective (planned) admissions

All patients except people coming for eye surgery, paediatric surgery, dental surgery and endoscopies are screened for MRSA prior to admission. If you are found to be colonised with MRSA (which means you have the bacteria on your body but it is not causing an infection you will be prescribed an antiseptic body wash to reduce the risk of an infection developing.

Click here for more information.

Emergency admissions

People admitted as an emergency will be screened for MRSA if they are

  • over 65 or known to be previously infected or colonised with MRSA
  • transferred from another hospital or care facility
  • have an open skin wound
  • have long-term devices such as catheters, intravenous lines etc
  • are admitted for emergency orthopaedic or trauma surgery
  • are admitted to ITU, HDU or the vascular ward


MRSA infections in maternity units are very uncommon because the majority of women giving birth are young and fit. However from April 1st 2009, Mayday will be screening the following women as a precaution:

  • Women who are planning to give birth by planned caesarean section
  • Women who give birth by emergency caesarean section
  • Women who are particularly at risk of having a baby who may need care in the neonatal unit

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Facts and Figures

Mayday Healthcare NHS Trust participates fully in the Department of Health’s mandatory surveillance scheme. This means that the numbers of patients developing infection due to MRSA in the blood and the number of patients acquiring Clostridium difficile associated diarrhoea are reported regularly and the Department of Health publishes these figures.

The latest figures can be seen on the Health Protection Agency's website.

You can view our Infection Control Annual Report 2008/2009 here.

Information leaflets

Reducing healthcare-associated infections



Clostridium Difficile

Handwashing before you come into hospital

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