PERFORMANCE:  The acute trust has met its infection control targets for last year.

The trust was set a limit of 113 cases of Clostridium difficile in 2010-11 by NHS South East Coast. It reported having 72 cases.

The limit for the number of MRSA cases was six, which it matched.

While the trust notes the decrease in MRSA cases is down to national screening policies, it put the reductions in C difficile infections down to a number of local initiatives.

These include the introduction of a revised antibiotic policy and the introduction of antimicrobial pharmacists, who monitor prescriptions.

It has also invested in hydrogen peroxide vaporisation units for deep cleaning of medical areas, and appointed an infection control “link” nurses for every ward.