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Posted by GLORIA
Last Reply February 12, 2007 at 20:18
Started October 23, 2004 at 17:51
In another posting on this site, Ruth has kindly informed me that this Monday (25th October), at 8pm on ITV, Trevor McDonald sends his team undercover in Britain's hospitals to see how dirty they are. Among the hospitals visited Ruth has told me that one is Oldchurch Hospital, here in Romford, which is where my Mum sadly passed away last week. Her death was not from MRSA, but the dirty conditions in there were disgusting, I have taken photos of some of them, and hopefully it was due to the vigilance of my family that she did not contract this disease. The Nursing Sisters were fantastic and very hygienic, but they were badly let down by their staff, many of whom had not the faintest idea of hygiene control, which we witnessed day after day. Whichever other hospitals are visited, I am sure there will be plenty in this programme to interest all of us.

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how is everyone
Posted by sharron
Last Reply February 11, 2007 at 02:20
Started January 26, 2007 at 18:11
hi there yes its sharron sorry i havent been on the forum for a while.Well its just to let yous now how i am getting on,i am doing fine still lsing weight slow very slow but its still coming of i was in hospital for another band fill last month and everything went well and yes i was screened again so thats seems to happen every time i go back to the hospital anyway how is everyone linda,bev, fay,mavis and philip,ans scott hope yous are very well i will email yous very soon i am due back in hospital in march again so i will let yous no how i get on and there was 1 thing i wanted to ask when you have mrsa and as you no it was nearly 2 years ago i had it but one of my scars keeps getting infected does this happen when you have mrsa i might be wrong i dont no thanks again
best wishes
sharron xx

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Posted by Rob
Last Reply February 10, 2007 at 21:55
Started September 18, 2006 at 12:37
regulars to this forum will be aware of the spam its been bombarded by. the moderators do their best to keep removing it. most of it comes from automated spam robots. a system has been developed to remove this but it needs activating manually. this has now been setup so if you click on 'Start New Topic' it will run the spam filter. no new post is required, just click and return to main forum and hopefully the spam will be gone. so if anyone sees any spam feel free to try and remove it by the method. it wont remove it all but hopefully some.

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who will take responsibilty
Posted by sammie
Last Reply February 10, 2007 at 21:35
Started November 26, 2004 at 23:19
my sister died last year - mass organ failure cause of death, hard to believe when all she went into hospital in the first place was to have an operation on her broken leg. mrsa septisimia was the real cause, after contracting the bug whilst her stay in hospital the infection travelled - the worst of it, we thought, was over after having her leg amputated to stop the spread. But to no avail, to cut a very long story short she ended up having to have heart bypass surgery and never survived the operation.

How can a hospital state the cause of death as mass organ failure, she was 25 years old healthy - a life time ahead of her and a year old baby left behind without his mother.

My family arent looking for compensation - just someone to take responsibilty for this so called super bug and admit we have a problem in this country that needs to be addressed. Whilst I still mourn for the unexpected loss of my sister I just want some answers. Is there anyone out there who knows how thi... read more

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Posted by MRSA Action UK
Last Reply February 10, 2007 at 15:34
Started January 17, 2007 at 10:00
The Trustees of MRSA ACTION UK will be discussing events that have led to the temporary closure of the website. In the meantime we will endeavour to bring the site back on line as soon as possible. We can still be contacted through


Tel:- 01623 556255

Registered Charity No. 1115672

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Posted by Sylvia Smith
Last Reply February 10, 2007 at 15:03
Started February 10, 2007 at 11:36
My partner was admitted to Hemel Hempstead hospital on 22nd january 2007 with Cellulitis,he went down hill on the 23rd with low blood presure53 over 40,and his Kidney's stopped working as well,on the 24th i visited as usual at 3.o.clock but went at 7 as he was sleeping on and off,but got phone call at 8 to say he wasn't well,i rushed back and he knew i was there but not once was i told how i'll he was,his eye's went into top of his head and went ridged,but still no-one told me what was happening,and he passed away at 1.05 in the morning on the 25th.On the death certificate they put it down to Sepsis and is Sepsis the same as Mrsa.I feel really angry with the hospital at the moment.

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Obtaining hospital records
Posted by Jenny
Last Reply February 10, 2007 at 10:19
Started October 28, 2006 at 11:07
For those who want to obtain a FULL set of records, you should make a request for information to the hospitals concerned under the Freedom of Information part of the Data Protection Act. The advantage of this is that, BY LAW, the hospitals have to send you all the information you request that they hold within 40 days. If they deliberately withold information (as they will if they possibly can - always the most important bits) they could be breaking the law. They know this. There is a small charge but it's worth it as you stand a much better chance of getting hold of the unabridged version of the notes. It's very easy to do, you just write, fax or email the hospital record's dept (or whoever deals with hospital records) stating that you are making a "subject access request" for a COMPLETE set of the patient's medical records. The website of the Information Commissioner's Office (just put in name and it will come up)has all the info or you can call them on 01625 545745. They are very ... read more

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MRSA in the Community
Posted by Joyce
Last Reply February 9, 2007 at 19:39
Started February 9, 2007 at 16:42
Can anybody put me in touch with an organisation who can advise me regarding MRSA. I have an elderly neighbour living alone who has been diagnosed with MRSA although she has not been in hospital recently. I help out with caring for her and having checked with my own Dr regarding any precautions was told "as long as I wash my hands you should be alright". I am concerned for her and myself that we are not inadvertently reinfecting ourselves and others.

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just saying hello
Posted by hi there linda
Last Reply February 8, 2007 at 23:19
Started February 8, 2007 at 17:09
hi there linda
how are you keeping hope everything is keeping fine how is your husband doing i hope he has kept his chin up so now for some good news my oldest boy who is 21 is going to be a daddy next month so that makes me a gran at the grand age of 37 not bad eh, no only kidding am really looking forward to it. I was just out today buying a pram for it and some other stuff i will keep intouch with you

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Mom has mrsa pneumonia
Posted by Julie
Last Reply February 8, 2007 at 19:53
Started February 7, 2007 at 20:04
Hi, I am from the US. My family and I moved in w/ my mother after my father died last April. She has metastatic breast cancer. She developed severe lung toxicity from Taxotere which caused pleural effusions. She had pleurodesis done 2 times on her right lung and I time on her left lung. Since then she continues to get lung infections and infiltrations, mostly her right lung. She has her second pneumonia now and it is mrsa. This sputum culuture was tested in January. Her sputum was not positive for mrsa in December. I worry because My daughter is three and I am not sure we are taking all the right precautions at home for infection control. Can someone please help us. Should my mom be wearing a mask? Should I be wearing gloves? Should I keep my daughter away? Mom is being treated with doxycycline for 30 days. Thanks!!

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I need my get up and go back!
Posted by Alye
Last Reply February 8, 2007 at 02:03
Started February 6, 2007 at 11:35
I have had 3 operations to reshape a very badly broken nose that happened 3 years ago. The second op was last year in July. The Gp told me I had an infection, gave me a tube of fuciden and told me to use it for 10 days and it would clear. No swabs were taken. I had several check ups after that and the infection was dismissed as being cleared. Since then I have felt nauseus, tired, and got every cold/flu bug going. I was a very healthy person before! My last op was on the 18th December. On the 16th jan the wound opening became septic and had to be drained. A swab was taken and MRSA was diagnosed. I am now on a cocktail of antibiotics and feel awful. I have taken more time off work in the last 8 months than in the whole of my working life (40 years of a good attendance record ruined!!) My family have been supportive but I think even they think that I am making it up when I dont feel like going out etc etc. Am I ever gonna get back to normal!!!

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Posted by Maria
Last Reply February 5, 2007
Started February 3, 2007 at 18:46
Report of Healthcare Commission spotlight on complaints
One recurring theme - Cleanliness and healthcare associated infection (extract)

1 February 2007

It covers the first 16,000 requests for independent review we received between July 2004 and July 2006 and highlights recurring themes and lessons learnt.

Top five issues raised in complaints about acute services
1. Safety
2. Communication/information to patients
3. Clinical treatment
4. Complaints handling
5. Patient experience (including cleanliness)

Around 5% (800) of cases related to the cleanliness of hospitals or infections acquired in hospital, such as MRSA or Clostridium Difficile. Often patients kept very detailed diaries of their experience in hospital. Some of the issues highlighted by patients were:
a) the failure of staff to follow procedures displayed in wards and treatment areas
b) quarantine arrangements not being clearly signposted
c) visitors not being challenged if they fail to... read more

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phage therapy
Posted by Robert Howes
Last Reply February 5, 2007
Started August 5, 2005 at 11:19
MRSA can be prevented or cured using anti-bacterial viruses known as bacteriophages. The web has all the information you need to follow this up. There are phage clinics in three countries, Georgia, Mexico and Poland, but not yet in Britain. The Novolytics company in Coventry produces phages from the phage genes in the bacteria itself, and might be able to help you, but they are not allowed to use their therapy in Britain until they get government clearance, which could take many years. Contact me, Robert Howes, on 01656 739 813 for discussion of how to speed up the process. I have already talked with my MP Huw Irranca-Davies, today 05 August 2005. You all need to go to your own MPs after you learn the basics from the wwweb. Be forceful, but polite. Make them look into it. If they become convinced about the value of phage therapy it might become available that much sooner.

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just wondering
Posted by hazel
Last Reply February 4, 2007 at 23:52
Started February 1, 2007
dear bev i have been scrolling through the pages and your artical on andy burnham mp struck me , do you live in leigh i myself live in atherton .

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mrsa carrier
Posted by Diane
Last Reply February 2, 2007 at 11:36
Started February 2, 2007 at 11:36
I need some help or advice, I am scheduled to have an ilizarov frame to straighten tibia previosly fractued, then to have a knee replacement, unfortunatley when swabbed I was found to have mrsa colonisation in nose. I previously worked as a nurse for 30 years also have spent a great deal of time assisting elderly father(now 92)who has just had pacemaker fitted, I cannot avoid contact with him( he also has mrsa in both legs due to circulation difficulties, and ulceration)please can anyone give me any advice

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Career Nursing
Posted by Derek Butler
Last Reply January 30, 2007 at 02:42
Started November 23, 2006 at 01:04
Unhealthy career moves

The rise in MRSA - because everybody wants to be a diagnostician and nobody wants to wipe bottoms - is just the tip of the iceberg, says medical student Alex Thomas

Tuesday November 21, 2006

One of the major joys of a modern medical education is this thing called IPE - Inter-professional Education. For a couple of sessions in your first term student doctors are taught alongside dentists, nurses, radiographers and physiotherapists. The point being that since we are going to be working in the same environment we might as well start now in school.
My year is no exception to this. We were recently treated to a presentation from a patient who contracted MRSA while in hospital. This chap clearly had an axe to grind and most of his arguments were bafflingly contradictory.

But we can afford to forgive him quite a lot: as a result of the MRSA infection he contracted in hospital he had to have a section of several inches of bone cut... read more

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need a pep talk
Posted by Hazel
Last Reply January 30, 2007
Started January 25, 2007 at 19:51
hello everyone i am trying to decorate my living room at the moment and so far it has taken me almost a week and a half and im still only half way through it. this job before mrsa took two days from start to finish, i didnt realise just how much an effect this thing has had on my body ,im so tierd but cant sleep my gp wont give me anything to help ive tried herbal to no effect ,i have always been such a strong person but i sat and cried the other night it felt like someone had died , i know i will get over it eventually but it is very hard to come to terms with . Iread the mail and im filled with disgust at the amount of covering up that is done ,shame on the labour goverment, all these poor young people who will be disabled for life all because the goverment want to save a few quid.
thanks to everyone for bieng there

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A big ?
Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply January 27, 2007 at 23:00
Started January 15, 2007
Dear all im very disheartened of the lack of communication regarding mrsa action uk, i see there has been an disbandment, and a new site has been set up the NCHI .the site is up and running but there has been no information posted on this site stating the new group/ site .i have no idea what is happening but i must post to say im very upset about this. but i wish NHCI all the best on there new site and i wish mrsa action all the best on there's too .(what more can i say )

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Posted by Marion Ham
Last Reply January 27, 2007 at 16:07
Started January 22, 2007 at 13:47
My 60yr old Husband died from a 'hospital borne infection'. He was a fit, well and happy man,who had never had a days illness in his life. He went into hospital, for a routine operation. Neither life threatening, or synister! He contracted MRSA which eventually got into his lungs and killed him. The hospital, are attempting to "fudge" the findings, I have. But it is my intention to fight until this issue is given more cover. The infection of MRSA HAD to be transmitted, from a MEMBER OF STAFF!! Try to get the hospital to concede to that?

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A concerned mother
Posted by Holly
Last Reply January 27, 2007 at 15:40
Started January 26, 2007 at 05:09
I have a 3 month old son who has been sick with pnuemonia for about a week. He was born with Pierre Robin syndrome and has a trach, he is malnutritioned due to the clef palate. We took him to the ER a week ago where they ran test and said it was only pneumonia. He has only gotten worse so we took him back, they told me today he has MRSA in his lungs and trachea, and told me the antibiotics WILL kill it. I have tried to read up on it and i cant seem to get a grasp on what exactly it causes, or if it is going to be fatal. Is my son going to live? Can someone please help me

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