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MRSA & CDiff
Started by Lyn & Su
Posted: April 4, 2007 at 20:21
On 17th November, 2006 our mother died in Epsom General Hospital after having a back operation following a fall. She died from MRSA in which the consultant who operated admitted that she contracted it in the operating theatre the second person in a week!
On 17th March, 2007 exactly 4 months later our father died in Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford after contracting CDiff of which at the time we were not informed. We only found out from the Registrar when registering his death.
As you can imagine we as a family are devasted losing both our parents in such a short space of time, and especially when these deaths have been caused by lack of care and cleanliness in our hospitals.
Is there anyone who can tell us if we can do anything about this, possible suing for negligence.
Re: MRSA & CDiff
Reply #1 by Maria
Posted: April 4, 2007 at 22:26
Dear Lyn and Su

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of both of your parents within such a short space of time. We are campaigning for safer standards in our hospitals and if there is anything we can do to help then please contact us at

We can point you in the right direction in terms of making a complaint and trying to get answers, and hopefully some accountability.

If you are thinking of taking legal action then there are at least 3 firms of solicitors that have had some success in litigating MRSA. The COSHH Regulations are being used to successfully win cases and settlements for victims of MRSA. Phil Barnes has written an article about the success he had with the Kitty Cope case. The article can be found at

Daniell Bennett QC who works closely with Phil Barnes has written an article on litigating MRSA as a disease which can be found at

Irwin Mitchell and Hugh James solicitors have also confirmed that they will follow the same route when dealing with MRSA compensation claim cases in the recent press articles

My condolences, and please do not hesitate to get in touch if you need any further help.
Re: MRSA & CDiff
Reply #2 by V Joan
Posted: April 29, 2007 at 22:11
Lyn Su & Maria
Sorry to read your sad stories.
I wondered if you could give me some advice.

My diabetic Brother is in St Helier Carshalton I've been told he has MRSA in his nose, unfortunately the slings which held his broken arms have cut into the back of his neck, do you think it will get infected with MRSA? it has already been a wound for 10 days, do the nurses tell you or do they keep it quiet?
Re: MRSA & CDiff
Reply #3 by Maria
Posted: April 30, 2007
Dear Joan

Any open wound should be protected and dressed, and this should be done in a clean sterile environment. The nursing team should ensure they are wearing protective gloves to avoid contaminating the wound. Ideally surgical masks should be worn, although we know that this is not always done.

MRSA is commonly found in the nose and is not always treated as it is usually harmless unless you are having surgery or an invasive procedure. As your brother has open wounds and is a diabetic then great care should be taken with the open wound as he is vulnerable to infection, as anyone would be in this situation.

Ask the nurses looking after him about the MRSA in the nose to establish if they are going to treat it, this would reduce the risk of his open wounds getting infected.

If you feel they are not being open with you then ask to speak to the Director of Infection Control.

There is some information on our website that you may find helpful about MRSA and precautions you can take to reduce the risk of infection, see

I hope your brother recovers soon.

Re: MRSA & CDiff
Reply #4 by Joan
Posted: May 1, 2007 at 19:48
Dear Maria thank you for replying, the nurse said that he was being treated for the MRSA in his nose but I didn't think to ask how, I also didn't ask if the 7" long undressed wound on his neck was infected, it's funny how my mind goes blank when faced to face with a busy nurse.

I'll make a list next visit.
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