PERFORMANCE: The Surrey and London borders acute trust had 11 MRSA cases in 2010/11 against a target of seven.

The trust’s May board noted that had recorded one bacteraemia in March, taking them to an overshoot of more than 50 per cent.

A report of the Infection Prevention committee outlined the plan for 2011/12, which included: “a system for staff training around cleaning
and decontamination of endoscopes, including traceability, for new and existing staff, in all areas where endoscopes are used”, a “bed separation audit to assess compliance with national standards” and a “system for replacing patient bed mattresses as and when required”.

The document also promised a review of the deep clean team’s programme of work and said an antibiotic pharmacist had been recruited.

Neighbouring St George’s Healthcare Trust carried out a “Mini peer review of infection control standards”.

In another performance issue, the trust recorded 7.7 per cent of their patients readmitted to hospital within 28 days over 2010/11.

It is also working on an electronic discharge summary system, with a target of 100 per cent sent within 24 hours once the new system is running.

The figure was 65 per cent for 2010/11