Infection Prevention and Control

Microbiology

Healthcare associated infections (HCAIs), such as MRSA and C.Difficile can cause serious problems. They can complicate other illnesses and they cause distress to patients and their family. Not all hospital acquired infections are avoidable but many of them can be prevented.

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust is committed to tackling healthcare associated infections and the harm that can result from them. The Infection Prevention and Control Team and other hospital staff are working hard to reduce the risk of infection. This page has been designed to give you quick access to advice on how you can help yourself and others to reduce the risk of infection.

Performance Information

Information on the Trust’s MRSA and C.diff. infection rates can be found in the Trust’s Integrated Performance Report. This report is presented to the Trust Board every two months. Please click on the following link to access the most recent Trust Board papers.

MRSA Screening Information

Screening patients for healthcare associated infections helps us to give them the best possible care. It means that we can take action to treat the infection before they come in, or provide them with dedicated specialist care when they come in.

The Trust screens patients for MRSA before coming in for planned surgery or for an overnight stay. We also screen patients once they have been admitted following an emergency. This supports our commitment to full compliance with the national screening policy for MRSA.

In line with national policy, the Trust does not screen very low risk patients such as most paediatric and maternity patients, and patients who are attending for day case endoscopy, eye surgery (e.g. cataracts), and minor dermatological procedures.

Information Leaflets

Clostridium Difficile (C Diff) Patient Information Leaflet

Clostridium Difficile (C Diff) Carrier Leaflet

Seasonal Flu Patient and Visitor Information Leaflet

Pandemic Flu Patient Information Leaflet

Group A Streptococcal Infection Patient and Visitor Information Leaflet

Hand Hygiene Leaflet

Multidrug-Resistant Gram Negative Organism (MDRGNB)

MRSA Patient and Visitor Information Leaflet

MRSA and Screening

Norovirus Patient and Visitor Information Leaflet

Reducing Risk for Patients Leaflet 

Reducing Risk for Visitors Leaflet 

Scabies Patient Information Leaflet