PERFORMANCE: North Bristol Trust has exceeded its target for cases of C difficile and reached its annual limit for MRSA cases.

During the first three months of the financial year it has recorded eight cases of MRSA and 38 cases of C difficile.

There were also five cases of MSSA during July, taking the year to date total to 12 against a target of 11.

The trust recorded no new cases of MRSA during July but it failed to meet the 95 per cent target for screening of both elective and emergency admissions, achieving 85 per cent and 81 per cent respectively.

The trust, which will not face financial penalties until it reaches 12 cases of MRSA, has changed the leadership of the infection control team and its infection control manager is having regular meetings with NHS Bristol.

A report to the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire PCT Cluster board said: “This is a worsening in performance for elective admissions screening from the June position and leaves the trust underperforming for the year to date.

“The trust has failed against the emergency admissions screening target in every month so far this year.”