PERFORMANCE: Nottingham University Hospitals Trust recorded its lowest ever number of C difficile cases in 2011/12.

There were 112 C difficile infections last year, against a target of 158 cases.

This was half the rate seen in the previous year, as 225 infections were recorded in 2010-11.

NUH also recorded just eight cases of MRSA bloodstream infections in the last year, out of a target of 10 MRSA bacteraemias. This was slightly up on last year, when NUH achieved its lowest rate on record.

In March improved safety checks for children in intensive care resulted in more than 1,000 days without infection.

Natalie Vaughan, clinical lead for infection control at NUH, said: “We are very proud of our efforts to reduce the number of healthcare associated infections at our hospitals and are pleased to have done very well against our targets.

“We must continue to maintain the very high standards of hygiene and cleaning, to ensure that our hospitals remain a safe environment for our patients.”

NUH publishes its infection rates monthly on its website and on TV screens around its hospitals.