PERFORMANCE: Surrey and Sussex Healthcare Trust chief executive Michael Wilson has identified infection control as one the challenges facing the organisation as it seeks foundation trust status.

In his latest weekly message to staff, Mr Wilson said: “Part of our challenge is around reducing hospital acquired infections such as MRSA and C. diff to zero.

“In the first five months of this year we have had one MRSA infection and 11 C. diff infections. We are below the upper limit for both but even one infection is one too many.”

He noted that the trust had already focused on better antibiotic prescribing in its efforts to tackle C difficile.

“The focus on antibiotic control this year has featured new antimicrobial policies and the introduction of a new drug chart across the trust,” Mr Wilson said.

“These changes have contributed to a sharp fall in the rate of C. diff infections and this in turn contributes to our improved reputation and improved capacity within the hospital.”