PERFORMANCE: The NHS Bournemouth and Poole and NHS Dorset cluster has exceeded its year to date clostridium difficile target by more than 30 cases.

A report to the board states that, as of the end of July, there had been 109 cases year to date, against a target of 77.

It said: “Work is ongoing with providers to improve performance, which deteriorated notably in July 2011 where an outbreak was observed at Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospital NHS Foundation Trust which affected two wards.

“The provider is completing a Root Cause Analysis (RCA) and is working with the primary care trust to ensure further cases are minimised.”