PERFORMANCE: Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust has recorded three MRSA cases since July, according to interim chief executive Chris Adcock.

In his weekly message, dated 16 November, Mr Adcock said: “At the beginning of July I highlighted our best quarter ever on infection control with no hospital-acquired MRSA bloodstream infections.

“Unfortunately, since then, we have reported three MRSA bloodstream infections which is exceptionally disappointing.”

Subsequent root cause analysis suggested one patient already had an MRSA infection when she came into hospital; one was a contaminated test, so the patient never had MRSA and was discharged fit and well; and the third was a patient whose condition was so complex that an MRSA infection was “ultimately unavoidable”.