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RECOGNITION: Left to right, matron Denise Thompson, healthcare assistants Sue Hall and Paula Johnson, domestic services Fiona England and foundation doctor Gabriela Gligor
RECOGNITION: Left to right, matron Denise Thompson, healthcare assistants Sue Hall and Paula Johnson, domestic services Fiona England and foundation doctor Gabriela Gligor
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DELIGHTED health trust chiefs are celebrating success after the launch of a new initiative.

Wards across the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust have been awarded certificates for passing 100 days without a single case of clostridium difficile (CDiff).

The news follows the launch of a scheme in April where wards with no cases of the bacterial infection CDiff would receive recognition.

Fourteen wards across the University Hospital of North Tees and the University Hospital of Hartlepool were reccognised within the scheme’s first 100 days. Any wards that reach the milestones of 200, 300 days and a year without another case will receive further certificates.

All 14 wards were also sent a letter of thanks from director of nursing, patient safety and quality Sue Smith, who said: “The certificates will be displayed on the ward so that patients, visitors and staff can see what these wards have achieved.

“I am sure I will be sending many of these wards further certificates for reaching 200 and 300 days.”

Assistant director, nursing and infection prevention and control Lesley Wharton said: “For the first four months of this year we have stayed within our tolerance for cases of CDiff.

“We must always continue to do everything we can to keep cases to an absolute minimum.”

Hospital chiefs say there are a number of things staff, patients and visitors can do to help prevent cases of CDiff on wards. The measures include being bare below the elbows, washing hands with soap and water, keeping areas free from clutter to allow easy cleaning, and following the trust’s antibiotic policy.