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MRSA complaint update
Posted by Tim Cheatle
Last Reply June 24, 2006 at 09:29
Started June 12, 2006 at 18:28
The Parliamentary Ombudsman is presently dealing with my Dad's death with MRSA.So i am expecting to hear from Mr Nathan Karim -the Senior Investigating Officer anytime soon.
I have heard from Detective Inspector Adam Price from Fratton Police Station,Portsmouth.He is chasing up responses to enquires he has initiated.He has given me assurances that he will be interviewing the Hospital Doctors concerned with the falsification of my Dad's death certificate.
Lastly,the BBC Real Story i have appeared in about My Dad's death certificate-and it obviously talks about MRSA-should be on BBC1 soon.Check out:"REAL STORY:What Killed My Dad?"on

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MRSA risk from father in law to my Newborn
Posted by Lucy Jewson
Last Reply June 23, 2006 at 15:28
Started June 21, 2006 at 14:04

My father in law has contracted MRSA in hospital following an arterial replacement from his groin to his knee. He had the op 2 weeks ago and has been treated with IV gentamycin for the past week in hospital. (The MRSA was detected 10 days ago) They have now discharged him home on Doxycline and tell us that there is no risk to us when we need to go in and care for him. I am 35 weeks pregnant, planning a homebirth (not at father in laws home though!) and am extremely concerned that the MRSA that my husband will be exposed to by caring for my father in law in his own home, could come home to us on clothes, washing etc and infect me and my newborn baby. I also have a 3 year old who often has cuts and scrapes, as they do, and am being told that there is no risk if he visits my Father in law.

My father in law thinks I'm being paranoid and unreasonable being worried as he has been told he is no threat.

Am I being paranoid? What steps should/could we take?

I'd be really... read more

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MRSA symptoms
Posted by Caroline
Last Reply June 19, 2006 at 18:29
Started July 31, 2005 at 15:06
I have just come across this forum whilst researching MRSA. One of my grandmothers died 2 years ago after going into hospital from complication with diabetes and then she contracted MRSA. The death certificate did not make mention of this fact.

Now my other grandmother was admitted to hospital 2 weeks ago after suffering a stroke. When I went to visit last week she had had been moved to a room on another ward and the nurse advised me about hand sanitisation as she had MRSA. When I asked for more detail I was just told that everybody carries the virus but elderly and ill people are just more susceptible.

This weekend I went to vist and as if it wasn't harrowing enough before, her demise is pitiful to watch. I could immediately tell that she had difficulty breathing, I asked the nurse if she had a chest infection and she said they were waiting for a doctor to assess her. He did not appear in the 3 hours I was there. She could not answer any of my questions, ie, why she h... read more

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BBC News
Posted by Bev Hurst
Last Reply June 16, 2006 at 18:46
Started June 13, 2006 at 16:30

NHS staff 'not happy with care'
The majority of NHS staff would have reservations about being treated in their own hospital, a survey says.
The poll of 72,600 hospital workers by the Healthcare Commission found only 44% would be happy with the standard of care where they worked.

The NHS watchdog said the findings were puzzling, while the Tories said it did little for patient confidence.

It comes as the NHS struggles with debt but the government said research showed patients were satisfied with care.

The survey was conducted at the end of last year when the deficits were beginning to bite.

The variation in they way staff answer this question is something of a puzzle
Dr Jonathan Boyce, of the Healthcare Commission

Since then over 12,000 jobs have been cut, wards closed and operations delayed. The latest figures showed the NHS finished last year with a £512m deficit as nearly a third of trusts failed to balance the books.

Overall, 6% strongly agreed t... read more

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Passing MRSA.....?
Posted by Jack
Last Reply June 16, 2006 at 18:39
Started June 13, 2006 at 17:26

can someone tell me can MRSA be passed from one person to another?And if yes how?

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Scots victims of MRSA
Posted by Judith Duffy
Last Reply June 16, 2006 at 18:33
Started June 15, 2006 at 14:11

I am a journalist with a Scottish newspaper who is working on a story on MRSA. As part of the article, I am hoping to talk to someone who has either personally been affected by MRSA (or who has a family member who has been). I'm hoping to get someone is willing to have a quick photo taken and also lives in Scotland.
Unfortunately I'm working to a bit of a tight deadline and would have to set this up by the end of tomorrow (Friday 15th June) - any help or suggestions much appreciated!

I can be contacted at

Many thanks

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The Mail on Sunday
Posted by Derek Butler
Last Reply June 16, 2006 at 14:23
Started November 28, 2004 at 20:16
If anyone got the Mail on Sunday 28/11/04,they would have seen an article on MRSA in which the health authority in Brent were bringing in a policy of having the relatives of patients within thier hospitals banned from sitting on the beds of thier relatives,also the health authority were also considering stopping people from being near thier relatives so as to stop the spread of MRSA,there aim is as they say,to prevent contact with thier relatives and this they say will prevent the spread of MRSA as well.
This is from the Health Authority that has the worst MRSA infection rate in the country,and they are trying to blame the relatives of patients in the hospitals for the spread of this terrible bug,WHAT A NERVE.The most worrying part of this article is that they intend to introduce this policy nation wide,that means to every Health Authority in the country,it would seem that EVERYONE IS TO BLAME FOR THE SPREAD OF MRSA,EXCEPT THE MEDICAL PROFFESION.This really is an insult to ... read more

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NHS connecting for health
Posted by Bev Hurst
Last Reply June 16, 2006 at 09:25
Started June 16, 2006 at 09:23
Plans to speed up implementation of the electronic patient record, have been announced by Health Minister Lord Warner.

Speaking at the BMA’s Local Medical Committee Conference, Lord Warner spoke about a number of initiatives to gear up progress on the electronic patient record – known as the NHS Care Records Service.

The first of these will be setting a date in early 2007 to begin pilots for the uploading of patient information onto the summary care record. This will enable the transfer of patient records when people change GPs. After a short period of consultation, a firm date will be published.

Another initiative is the establishment of a new taskforce to develop a detailed implementation plan for speeding up delivery of the electronic medical record. It will be chaired by a layperson and involve a cross-section of clinical representatives.

Charged with producing a detailed action plan by the end of this year, the taskforce will also be asked to draw on the work alread... read more

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MRSA in Germany
Posted by Burki
Last Reply June 14, 2006 at 23:17
Started June 14, 2006 at 18:15
Hey all,

I'm 22, male and from germany. Yes, I am pretty young and already survived MRSA.
In early february this year came to hospital with heavy pain in my stomach, nothing unnormal for me, I always had these problems. This time it was different. So I drove with my dad to the hospital where a perforation of the stomach was diagnosed. So many of my vital parts got infected... I think you can guess where the story goes. They stopped the perforation, that's what the first surgery was for. Some days later they just wanted to look whether my vital parts are allright but unfortunately they all were infected even more. My stomach and some parts of my small intestine were already dead - I was infected by MRSA and he started killing me. The hospital didn't find out about MRSA and started to bomb all sorts of meds. Nothing helped, my pancreas and my kidneys went septic.
So the hospital couldn't help me. As I was close to death (they gave me less than 10% to survive), my parents decided... read more

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MRSA Documentary
Posted by Cathy
Last Reply June 14, 2006 at 16:31
Started June 14, 2006 at 16:31
Hello everyone,

This is a very well done film. Honest and upfront regarding MRSA.
Things like these are difficult to watch and read, however it is better that we really know what we are dealing with.

After MRSA nearly killed my vibrant 18 yr. old son, I was terrified. Now it has infected my 16 yr. old son.
I am grateful that the anitibiotics saved my son's life, however they were only a temporary solution. The infection was back within 10 days, though the culture showed sensitivity and I was told it would not come back.
I believe we are on the right track at least for us. If you want to follow our progress he... read more

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MRSA is Septic
Posted by Patti
Last Reply June 12, 2006 at 15:29
Started January 31, 2006 at 01:30
My 79 year old dad was admitted to the hospital on January 17th. He had fallen at home in Houston, Texas and could not get up. He had an absess on his lower back which they drained and sent off for diagnosis. On Friday the 20th we were told that he has MRSA and they began IV antibiotic. My brothers and mom had a hard time getting doctors to tell them what exactly we were to expect. I flew down to Texas (I live in Missouri) on Tuesday. For those first 36 hours I was there, I watched my dad scream and cry because he was hurting so bad. I did not leave the hospital until the doctor came to see my dad and I was able to corner him on Thursday am. This is what the doctor told me. My dad is septic. The MRSA has infected his heart, lungs and bladder. MRSA has gone into my dad's spinal bone and has eaten the L1, L2 and most of the L3 vertabrae. They would need to keep in the hospital for 10-12 weeks on IV antibiotic and even then they don't know if he could survive. After relaying this info... read more

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Any Hospital Staff with MRSA?
Posted by Masi
Last Reply June 11, 2006 at 14:42
Started October 26, 2004 at 13:39
I am looking for hospital staff - either nurses, doctors, cleaning staff, admin staff etc who have MRSA - this is part of independent research I am conducting. Your correspondence will be dealt with in the strictest of confidence - you do not even have to provide your name if you don't wish to. Please email for further details or reassurance:
Many thanks.

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Posted by martel
Last Reply June 11, 2006 at 13:37
Started December 9, 2005 at 08:23
i am a 21 yr old female who has had mrsa for a little over a year. i am now 3 1/2 months pregnant and i want to know what effects this will have.i have seen several doctor and have been to 2 hospitals in my city but everyone tells me something different.with antibiotics the soars go away but come back at least once a month if not more.i can't get any answers and it is very frustrating because if you do not have mrsa you can not know how painful it has changed my life completely.i how suffer from a severe anxiety disorder and manic depression.i caught this from a jail in the u.s which has had an epidemic of mrsa for 2 yrs and one here knows what to do and seems to think it isn't that serious but to me holes in the flesh are very serious.can i pass this to my baby through pregnancy?

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my sister
Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply June 8, 2006 at 08:07
Started June 8, 2006 at 01:26
Dear All, my husbands surgery was cancelled, and now has to wait till AUG 15th to go in, my sister has went through her surgery today, she is now in icu. they had to do a hernia op aswell as her reversal, my sister as you all know was infected with mrsa, at STOBHILL HOSPITAL in GLASGOW ,last August. to my horror she was admitted yesterday to an isolation room, wait for be told she had no toilet, or shower, and would have to go through the MAIN WARD ,to use the toilet ,and to shower, WHAT'S THE BLOODY WELL POINT STOBHILL,is this infection control........ because it is BLOODY WELL LAUGHABLE IF IT IS. you's have not got your act together, no matter how you's are trying to deal with your MRSA ISSUES, you's are not following infectious control by doing this to patients, you's are not hoodwinking anybody. i will let you's all know how my sister is doing ,i will also update on the site everything that comes to my attention regarding STOBHILL HOSPITAL during my sisters sta... read more

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mrsa in the home
Posted by kate
Last Reply June 7, 2006 at 08:31
Started June 5, 2006 at 16:00
My mother has MRSA in a leg ulcer. She is going into a Nursing home and we have to clear her house prior to selling it. How long does the MRSA bug stay on items of furniture, bedding etc. before they are safe to handle? Any advice on how to tackle a home clearance with MRSA?

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NHS redress debate
Posted by Bev hurst
Last Reply June 6, 2006 at 20:23
Started June 6, 2006 at 20:13
The Secretary of State for Health (Ms Patricia Hewitt): I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time.
Every day, NHS doctors, nurses and other dedicated health care professionals look after patients, improve health and well-being and save thousands of peoples’ lives, and we all owe them an enormous debt of gratitude. But sometimes something goes wrong. The Bill deals with the minority of cases in which patients are harmed by their NHS care. All of us know about such cases from our own constituencies. What I find, and I am sure that other hon. Members find, is that people want to know why the treatment went wrong, they want an apology from the hospital or doctor concerned, and they want to be reassured that lessons have been learned so that others will not suffer like them in future. Sometimes, but by no means all of the time, they would like some compensation
Keith Vaz (Leicester, East) (Lab): I welcome the Bill and my right hon. Friend’s commitment to improving the syst... read more

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Posted by kittenkaboodle
Last Reply June 4, 2006 at 03:19
Started June 4, 2006 at 03:19
After seeing 12 doctors I finally managed to get diagnosed with MRSA, Even after mentioning to doctors that I thought I had MRSA many seemed reluctant to test me. It seems to be a frustrating trend in the spread of this disease. Even when I went to the pharmasist they were unable to fill one of my prescriptions?!? I actually said to her "I'm an epidemic!" Who knows how many people I've infected threw this negligence!!!

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MRSA in Sheltered Housing Schemes
Posted by Scheme Manager
Last Reply June 2, 2006 at 19:28
Started November 16, 2005 at 09:35
I am very concerned about tenants being discharged from hospital with MRSA. Homecares visit these tenants and then go on to visit other tenants in the building and the community. Tenants visit each other. Staff in charge of schemes are not told that a tenant has MRSA on hospital discharge. At a recent Tenants Meeting we discussed the procedure of treating everyone who had been discharged from hospital as having MRSA and put safety measures in place upon their return to the scheme (double glove, apron, hand gel). I do not want people who have MRSA to be singled out. It is a very sensitive situation. I have also put special Laundry procedures in place as I have heard that the MRSA is not killed off when washing at low temperature so we follow any laundry done by a wash of 'old bedding' at 90 degrees, this bedding is used solely for the purpose of a 'follow' wash. I would appreciate any comments from others.

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facts speak for themselves
Posted by Bev hurst
Last Reply May 31, 2006 at 20:14
Started May 31, 2006 at 20:14
Superbug risk higher for long-term patients
A shock survey today reveals that long-term hospital users are 10 times more likely to carry the MRSA superbug than the average person.
Health experts tested hundreds of people at Queen Alexandra Hospital and found 35 per cent of those needing regular care had traces of the MRSA bacteria on their skin.
But of those who went to the hospital for a one-off visit – seen as a good cross-section of the general public – only 3.6 per cent were detected as carrying the MRSA bug.
The findings appear to refute some health chiefs who have suggested MRSA is widespread and can be picked up anywhere in the community.
And they suggest health chiefs are still miles away from conquering the bug.

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Washing Laundry
Posted by Daniel Looney
Last Reply May 31, 2006 at 14:06
Started May 31, 2006 at 11:54
How do i wash laundry that has been used by a MRSA INFECTED RESIDENT? we normally send laundry to an industrial laundry will this be sufficient to remove bacterea?

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