PERFORMANCE: Western Sussex Hospitals Trust finished last year below its threshold for cases of C difficile but faces a tougher infection control task over the coming 12 months.

According to latest board papers, the year end position for C difficile in 2011-12 was 76 against a trajectory of 90 cases, which it said represented 39 per cent reduction against the 2010-11 outturn.

However, for 2012-13 the trust has a limit of 75 cases or less of hospital attributable C difficile.

The board papers note that there were seven cases reported in March, of which four were reported on its Worthing site and three at its St Richards site.

In February, St Richard’s ended the month with zero cases of C difficile for the first time since the trust was established, the papers stated. There were three cases in February at Worthing.

The trust remained free of MRSA bacteraemia cases at its three hospitals throughout the last financial year.