PERFORMANCE:  Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is reporting only two MRSA cases this financial year, but has already failed to reach its tough target of just one case.

The trust’s infection prevention and control report for October to December 2011 shows no new cases during the quarter. However, it reported two during the previous quarter, meaning it is above its target of once case for the whole of 2011-12.

In her report, Amanda Parker, director of nursing and quality and director of infection prevention and control, said: “There were two cases of MRSA in the last quarter but no cases of C difficile.”

She added that “hand hygiene compliance continued to be at high levels”.

The trust’s performance report added: “MRSA has exceeded our target limit, but remains below the de minimis number for reporting purposes).”

The trust has so far reported no cases of C difficile this financial year against a target of five cases.