Hospital's new bid to cut infections

A Suffolk hospital has been boosted with the introduction of new equipment that aims to limit the spread of infections.Health chiefs at the West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds are set to spend £24,000 on kitting out 24 side rooms with fixed blood pressure, heart rate and oxygen monitoring machines, which will allow nurses to isolate and observe patients suffering from MRSA and Clostridium difficile.

A SUFFOLK hospital has been boosted with the introduction of new equipment that aims to limit the spread of infections.

Health chiefs at the West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds are set to spend £24,000 on kitting out 24 side rooms with fixed blood pressure, heart rate and oxygen monitoring machines, which will allow nurses to isolate and observe patients suffering from MRSA and Clostridium difficile.

The investment, which has come from charitable funds, comes as the NHS works to raise national awareness of good hygiene during Infection Control Week, which runs until Friday.

Tracey Oats, matron for surgery at the West Suffolk, said the new facilities were an addition to the hospital's stringent infection control procedures, which have already seen MRSA and C Diff cases plummet.

"We are hugely excited about the project as we believe we are the first hospital in East Anglia to introduce these extra measures. Over recent years, the hospital trust has demonstrated its commitment to infection control and invested heavily in a variety of measures to help tackle the spread of infection," she said.

Once a patient has used the newly kitted out side rooms, the area and equipment will all be deep cleaned or disposed of to prevent the spread of health care acquired infections.