MRSA case saga concludes

Whiston Hospital
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An NHS Trust has failed in an appeal against a confirmed case of MRSA at Whiston Hospital.

St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust had two confirmed cases of MRSA bacteraemia in 2017-18.

One of those turned out to be a contaminated sample, with the trust appealing the second case.

The trust has a zero tolerance of MRSA, which is resistant to several widely used antibiotics and mainly affects people who are staying in hospital.

Last month, Ann Marr, chief executive of the trust, said it would be a “great blight” on its reputation if the matter was not resolved.

The trust had until the end of April to overturn the case or risk being penalised, however, a spokesman has now confirmed its appeal has failed.

Despite the verdict, the trust maintains the MRSA infection was not picked up while the patient was in hospital.

A spokesman for St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust said: “The trust maintains high standards of infection prevention and control and is confident that this infection was not hospital acquired.”

In 2016-17, there were four confirmed cases of MRSA bacteraemia at Whiston Hospital, although one sample was contaminated.

All cases of MRSA at the hospital were subject to a multi-disciplinary Post Infection Review (PIR).

The review highlighted a need for improvement in several areas, including blood culture taking and MRSA screening.
Kenny Lomas , Local Democracy Reporting Service