PERFORMANCE: East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group has introduced a voluntary C difficile card, which will be issued to patients who test positive for the bacteria at hospital or their GP surgery.

The card is designed make health professionals’ aware when prescribing antibiotics or drugs that treat diarrhoea to patients, which reduces risk of C difficile reoccurring.

The CCG hopes the card will help reduce infection rates and allow patients to take a greater active role deciding their care.

Its chair Gina Palumbo said: “The ‘C diff’ card is a very welcome initiative that supports us as local clinicians to make decisions with our patients about their on-going health care. We hope it will make real difference to reducing the risks associated with ‘C diff’ in our area.”