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Hospitals in Shropshire declared to be MRSA-free for a year

Thursday 11th April 2013
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NHS Trust bosses have announced that two of Shropshire's main hospitals have been free of the highly contagious superbug MRSA for a year.

Over the past 29 months there have only been two recorded cases of the bug at both the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and the Princess Royal in Telford.

Jo Banks, associate director of patient safety at The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, said: “Reducing infections such as MRSA and clostridium difficile in our hospitals is a top priority for the trust."

She added that the trust has a very strong record for tackling infections, and that the latest findings were the result of  staff taking the concept of infection prevention and control seriously.

“By washing your hands with soap and water and making sure they’re dried properly you can significantly reduce the number of germs circulating and reduce your chances of getting ill," she continued.

MRSA is a bacterial infection that can often cause death, and is becoming increasingly resistant to a number of widely used antibiotics.

Written by Martin Lambert

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