Campaign to reduce hospital infections in Leeds

A campaign to reduce infections such as MRSA in Leeds hospitals gets underway tomorrow.

Healthcare professionals will be out and about in the cit centre, and in Victoria Gardens there will be a "bug tent" where people will be given tips on how to stay infection-free.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has seen a drop in the number of MRSA and C.Difficile infections on its wards over the last five years. Rates of C.Difficile infection within the Trust have fallen by 79 per cent over the last five years and MRSA cases are down 92 per cent.

“The public have an important part to play in reducing hospital infections. Many people are unaware of the germs that could be on their hands.

"MRSA and C.Difficile are preventable infections. We’re working with the public to highlight the importance of proper hand washing and reminding them that they must wait 48 hours after having sickness and diarrhoea before visiting someone in hospital.

“We hope this campaign encourages the public to help us continue saving lives.”

– Clare Ashby, Infection Prevention and Control Matron at Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust