PERFORMANCE: Increasing numbers of Extended-Spectrum Beta-Lactamase (ESBL) infections have triggered concerns at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire Trust.

Minutes from the trust’s January board meeting note non executive director Wendy Coy “was concerned that ESBL figures were increasing”.

Director of Infection Control Dr Michael Weinbren reported that it was “worrying that levels are going up but gave some reassurances and background to this”.

He said: “The trust takes every effort on high risk areas. The trust needs to see what is happening nationally, and to ascertain if this is being found in the food chain, the hospital or in the community.”

It was confirmed that cleaners ISS Cleaning Services Ltd are “looking to develop an improved working relationship between the ISS Healthcare Cleaning Team and the Infection Prevention and Control Team.

The minutes add: “The healthcare cleaning manager will continue to meet with the modern matron for infection prevention and control bi-weekly in order to share knowledge, improve communication and develop joint strategic working as well as to promote a proactive response to meet the needs of the trust.

“ISS have demonstrated their commitment to the infection prevention and control team through the initiative to fund a control of infection link nurse.”