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Hospital invests in hygiene measures

Monday 27th October 2008
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    A hospital has invested more than half a million pounds in increasing its anti-infection processes.

    According to reports in the Basingstoke Gazette, Basingstoke Hospital has pumped a total of more than £580,000 into its drive to combat potentially life-threatening infections, such as C difficile and MRSA.

    Infection control consultant nurse Louise O'Shea has been hired to create a specialist team to enhance hygiene at the medical centre, which is run by Basingstoke and North Hampshire NHS Foundation Trust.

    She serves to ensure that staff and patients adhere to hygiene rules.

    The hospital also intends to invest in replacing carpets with vinyl flooring and increasing the number of private rooms available for patients.

    Meanwhile, a special isolation ward was opened earlier this year.

    "We are always looking at ways to reduce the risk of infection and value the ideas and feedback we get from patients and visitors," stated Dr Fatima El-Bakri, the hospital's consultant microbiologist.

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