PERFORMANCE: Cases of clostridium difficile in NHS Gloucestershire’s community hospitals fell by 25 per cent in 2010-11 compared to the previous year.

There were 27 cases, compared to 36 cases in 2009-10, 44 in 2008-09 and 113 in 2007-08. The trust has introduced more sensitive testing for C dificile which has meant more reliable detection of this infection, quicker isolation of patients and earlier, more appropriate treatment. In a press release the primary care trust said the introduction of Difficil-S as a cleaning product has also been effective.

Liz Fenton, head of nursing for the primary care trust’s provider arm Gloucestershire Care Services, said: “The continued emphasis on infection and prevention control in our hospitals is testament to the hard work of our staff and the co-operation of our patients and their families.

“Infection prevention is a high priority and we will continue to promote the importance of good hygiene through education and training, working with patients and staff.”

 Gloucestershire Care Services is due to become a social enterprise but it has been held up by a legal challenge.