PERFORMANCE: University Hospital of Leicester Trust has recorded its lowest ever number of healthcare associated infections.

Last year the trust saw a 38 per cent drop in MRSA bloodstream infections, with just eight patients infected. Meanwhile Clostridium difficile infections were almost halved from 200 in 2010-11 to 108 in 2011-12.

The results fall well below infection targets set for the trust by the Department of Health.

Dr David Jenkins, consultant medical microbiologist and lead infection prevention doctor for the trust, praised the hard work of staff.

“Even with the challenges we have faced over the past year, staff managed to maintain high standards or improve the good practice that has already been put in place over the past few years,” he said.

But he added: “Next year’s targets are even more stringent and even greater efforts and investment will be needed if they are to be met.”

The target for 2012-13 is no more than six MRSA bloodstream infections and no more than 113 C difficile infections.