PERFORMANCE: The number of Clostridium difficile cases at Plymouth Hospitals Trust fell by 58 per cent during 2010-11, compared to the previous year.

According to the trust’s annual infection control report, during 2010-11 there were 32 hspital apportioned cases against a maximum of 117. There were 44 new cases of MRSA, a fall of 29 per cent on the previous year.

Four of these were apportioned to the trust which was two less than the objective of six cases or fewer.

The report also revealed there were seven ward closures due to norovirus during the year with a mean ward closure time of 6.4 days.