PERFORMANCE: Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust missed its target this year for Clostridium difficile infections.

In 2012-13 the trust reported 16 “post 72 hour” cases of Clostridium difficile infection against a contractual target of 14, according to latest board papers for April.

This is the first year since reporting became mandatory, that the trust has exceeded its target.

After full root cause analyses it was agreed that five of the 16 cases were avoidable. Two of these cases occurred in September, one in December and two in February.

Board papers noted that the trust had subsequently initiated an antibiotic review of every patient whose length of stay exceeded seven days, which “should help to reduce the risk of infection”.

The board papers also highlighted that the trust had lowest baseline rate for any acute in this country for 2012.