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healthy move for minister
Posted by Bev
Last Reply May 16, 2006 at 08:22
Started May 13, 2006 at 08:06
THE steady rise in politics for Leigh MP Andy Burnham has continued, with promotion to Health Minister in the latest Government shake-up.

Mr Burnham, aged 36, has stepped across to the Health Department from the Home Office, where he hads been a junior minister, following last week's Cabinet reshuffle.

The father of three, a former government aide and journalist, who was born and raised in the Leigh area, is looking forward to getting to grips with his new role looking after the NHS

he meets nurses at Leigh Infirmary, on National Nurses Day, to discuss their problems and other hospital issues.

Mr Burnham, who is Minister for Quality and Patient Safety, said: "I was in the middle of an advice surgery in Leigh when I received a call from the Prime Minister.

"I was absolutely delighted. It was a really proud moment and it was hard to get back to work after that. It is a major move.

"Health is my first political interest and I feel comfortable with it. I feel I have c... read more

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Posted by Anna Boyd
Last Reply May 16, 2006 at 07:21
Started December 20, 2005 at 14:55
Have you or one of your relatives contracted C Dificile? Are you concerned about the level of cleanliness in our hospitals?
I am a journalist at the BBC and would like to hear your views and experiences. Please email me at


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Posted by Patrick McInally
Last Reply May 15, 2006 at 09:36
Started May 14, 2006 at 21:38
Due to a motorycle accident I have just had yet another op in Feb to repair clavicle.I was released next day & told to visit local nurse to have sutures removed in 10-14 days.I did so but as last suture was removed a part of wound started to open.I was told to clean & dress wound and it should be ok !However I had to return to hospital after just 5 days as wound was opening further and repair work & Clavicle where clearly visable.This being my 6th proceedure I expected to be discharged as usual the day after.?They said that I requred to have vac pump fitted to assist healing.Now heres where it gets ugly anurse was told to remove a few sutures so that pump could be inserted, but as she started she was called away & hande remover to another nurse & told er to carry on !! The nurse being junior removed all the sutures that had been put in I was ignorant and didnt know until Doctor who performed Surgery took routine look at wound and instead of a nice clean wound with sutures was faced ... read more

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My update & Doctor breaks ranks !!
Posted by Scott
Last Reply May 13, 2006 at 14:10
Started May 7, 2006 at 11:02
Hi folks,

back home now went in for my plastic surgery in the groin and right armpit, everything went well for a week and then it went sceptic...high blood pressure & temp 102...they had to cut open wounds and clean them out, I now have MRSA infection in these wounds also....have to say the Canniesburn Plastic Unit at Glasgow Royal have been superb...Mr Soutar department head takes no nosense when it comes to infection control...screening, swabs, cleanliness etc. My IBD is also flaring up and I have a high Gamma GT Liver count.

Can hardly bloody walk....DLA turned me down twice now for financial aid....when will it all stop !!!

Anyway the place where it all started at the Southern General now has a whistleblower to the condition in the main theatre, the same place where I had many of my operations..

follow link to read.

anyway ... read more

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Gave him MRSA then sent him home
Posted by Wendy
Last Reply May 13, 2006 at 13:14
Started May 13, 2006 at 10:03
Hi new here,
Can anyone advise please.....a friend was rushed into hospital 2 weeks ago with a blocked intestine requiring surgery...a week later he relapsed and tests were done....on wed / Thurs this week his wife was told he had MRSA, they isolated him and kept it all hush hush on the ward, although the nurses appeared to take precautions the ladies delivering cups of tea etc and the domestics walked freely in and out of his room with no hand washing etc....
Anyway, within 24 hrs of diagnosis, and with a leaking abdominal wound, the hospital spat him out and sent him home.....
As he left the ward he was in physical contact with other patients etc and however he caught it, he was on a general wards where nursing staff and patients mixed.
The ward /hospital seem to have pushed this under the carpet and by getting my friend out straight away seem tyo be carrying on as if nothing has this right....I am finding this irresponsibility hard to deal with, and having the ... read more

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unison conference press release
Posted by Bev
Last Reply May 12, 2006 at 20:16
Started May 12, 2006 at 19:40
Hospital workers at UNISON’s health conference in Gateshead will today call for proper laundry facilities for their uniforms to help combat MRSA and other hospital acquired infections.

Staff complain that domestic washing machines are not capable of ensuring that any infection carried on their uniforms, from bodily fluid splashes, are destroyed completely. In addition, there is widespread concern that washing uniforms and the family wash in the same machine might in itself present a danger.

At the same time as UNISON is calling for greater emphasis on hospital cleanliness. The union has today released a survey showing that 80% of the public are worried about going into hospital because of the risk of catching MRSA or other hospital acquired infections.

Karen Jennings, UNISON Head of Health said:

“Cleaner hospitals must be at the heart of the battle against MRSA, whether that is on the wards or making sure uniforms and equipment are kept clean and germ free. Over the yea... read more

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hospital MRSA rates doubles
Posted by Bev
Last Reply May 12, 2006 at 14:18
Started May 12, 2006 at 14:18
MRSA rates at Oxfordshire's major hospital almost doubled last month, although experts claim the increase is random and patients have nothing to fear.

In March 2006, there were 17 cases of the bug within the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust, compared with nine the previous month.

Infection control specialist Dr Derrick Crook said although staff had looked at the sudden rise in numbers, it was well known that variations could be random on a month-to-month basis, and figures had to be looked at long term.

He said: "Even if you have a decreasing rate of infection, you could vary from as many as 25 on a bad month down to as few as two or three on another.

"Having said that, we're pretty motivated about dealing with this and other infection control issues.

"We are appointing a number of people in infection control and have initiated a number of new projects.

"The main activity is to intensively reduce infections around intra-vascular devices, which are things like d... read more

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more job cuts
Posted by Bev
Last Reply May 11, 2006 at 18:45
Started May 5, 2006 at 13:24
PENNINE trust are to axe 800 jobs they have a deficit of over 21 million yet they have just got rid of their chief exec Chris Appleby and gave him a goodbye present of 1/4 million !! logic gone wrong somewhere !

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minor out patient surgery
Posted by SH
Last Reply May 9, 2006 at 22:48
Started May 2, 2006 at 22:08
I have a small benign lump on my leg, which can be removed by a short procedure under local anasthetic. does anyone know the statistics on contracting MRSA from this type of surgery at a private hospital?

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Posted by Tina Watson
Last Reply May 9, 2006 at 11:55
Started May 8, 2006 at 11:28
Please can someone give me advice, my Grandaughter has just spent 2 weeks in hospital very poorly, whilst in there she contracted MRSA, she had this for a week before we found out, she has special needs and produces vast amounts of secretions from her tacheostomy, this would not be a problem but I have been suffering from a leg ulcer for the past 8 momths that was clearing up nicely but the past 2 weeks it's not only broken out again but is now twicw as big as it was to start with very painful and has a horrable smell to it, we can't mget any help or advice from the hospital they just say MRSA is nothing to worry about, and I have told the clinic where I go to have my leg dressed and they are not interested either now I am begining to get realy worried as I can hardly walk on my leg and it appears to be getting worse any advice would be welcome, when we ask anyone about this bug we are told not to worry it's the media hype that makes it worse, many thanks Tina

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Death Certificate Latest
Posted by Tim Cheatle
Last Reply May 9, 2006 at 08:38
Started May 9, 2006 at 01:25
The Health Care Commission sat on the fence!They can't say the Hospital falsified my Dad's certificate-yet they can't say they didn't!!!
The Ombudsman is now taking Our Death Certificate complaint-and treating it as a priority!
The Police are now investigating-and from our meeting with them-they haven't even spoke to the doctor who completed the Death Certificate yet-because it might be an infringement of his Civil Rights!!
I have done an interview for the forthcoming BBC TV Documentary about the Falsification of Death Certificates.It should be shown soon.
I hope this is of interest.God Bless,Tim.

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Just Diagnosed
Posted by Aileen
Last Reply May 8, 2006 at 15:49
Started March 14, 2006 at 13:52
My six year old daughter had an ear infection and has just been diagnosed with MRSA. She was given penicillan for her ear infection so the doctor is not giving her anything else. Is this normal? Can anyone else in the family catch this? Should I keep her off school? Help? The doctor has gone for the night and cannot answer my questions. Can anyone give me advice.

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our baby died of mrsa
Posted by Lianne and Andy
Last Reply May 8, 2006 at 11:34
Started November 28, 2005 at 10:39
our baby was born on 2nd december 2004 but died on the 6th december, the doctors said it was septicimia, 6 months later i was told it was MRSA, it would have been his first birthday in 4 days, i miss him so much, i have recently found out im pregnant again and im scared that it will happen again, how do i prevent it?

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Posted by guj
Last Reply May 6, 2006 at 14:38
Started February 4, 2006 at 16:03
Hi all
My father passed away 22nd Jan,he was admitted to hospital on the 7th with fluid on the lung.After two drains and several tests,there was a slight improvement and the doctors could find nothing in his urine,sputum or even the fluid drain.
On the 20th i arrived to visit and he told me to stay away from him as he had MRSA,That evening he was told he had a week to live....When i confronted the doctor,she replied 48 hours max.
I was told it was mrsa sceptacimia,he died in my arms 51 hours later
When i saw the DC,it said pneumonia!!!! I said i wouldnt leave until this was changed,which after 3 hours they did.
So,i have a DC with mrsa sceptacimia and am at present pursuing this with the hospital etc...I want justice for the premature loss of my dad!!

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Posted by chris
Last Reply May 5, 2006 at 08:46
Started May 3, 2006 at 11:52
Hi Bev thanks for your reply my dads in Russel Hall Hospital in Dudley West Midlands. I keep reading that i can see the notes but the staff are just making things very difficult, they say things like i wouldnt understand the notes any way etc. Every day there is a different method for gettin to read the notes that we can see sat on the trolley in a green folder! Sadly i am still empty handed and the MRSA is spreading.

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Nurses say 'why bother?'
Posted by Ruth Wollacott
Last Reply May 4, 2006 at 15:58
Started May 4, 2006 at 15:40
A study of senior staff nurses' perceptions about MRSA.
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Nurs Times. 2006 Apr 11-17 ; 102(15): 32-5

AIM: To examine the extent to which staff nurses feel that MRSA is out of control and that any attempts by them to control it are unnecessary. METHOD: A qualitative research paradigm with semi-structured interviews to examine the perceptions, attitudes and beliefs of 10 senior staff nurses. RESULTS: In the study, 60% of participants believe that MRSA is out of control and state 'why should they bother worrying about it'. Furthermore, 80% of participants commented that prescribed courses of nasal mupirocin were frequently missed. The perception is that IV treatments were more important and effective than topical agents. CONCLUSION: The study has established that a small section of experienced staff nurses perceive MRSA to be out of control and they are not overly concerned about its management.

ht... read more

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Blair lives in cuckoo land !
Posted by Bev
Last Reply May 4, 2006 at 14:06
Started April 18, 2006 at 16:22
PM tells health staff to 'hold nerve' for NHS
TONY BLAIR today told doctors, nurses, managers and health service workers to hold their nerve and build a new NHS "for 2008 not for 1948".

The Prime Minister dismissed claims that the service was in crisis and said that while there were problems they could be solved.

He said he would not back down from his plans to modernise the National Health Service, despite crippling financial debts leading to job losses at local level.

Mr Blair told an audience of health service professionals that some people - including the "Doctors for Reform" group - said he was not going far enough.

He said: "The NHS is an important British institution. But it will not be preserved by neglect. It will survive and prosper if it changes as the population it serves changes.

"There is no need at all to revisit the way we fund the service. Progressive taxation preserves equity, which is the reason the NHS has retained the affection of the people... read more

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Posted by peter saunders
Last Reply May 4, 2006 at 14:01
Started April 22, 2006 at 17:54
can anyone tell me if it is true that infection can last for a lifetime
Many thanks

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breaching NHS complaints procedures
Posted by Bev
Last Reply May 4, 2006 at 13:58
Started May 4, 2006 at 13:58
i have been asked to compile a list of trusts breaching core standards of the NHS complaints procedure policy ~ it quite clearly states that you cannot use PALS and the COMPLAINTS procedure AT THE SAME TIME about the same concern
PENNINE TRUST breach this because the complaints manager is also the PPI manager and the PALS manager
i know Frimley Park Hospital are also in breach
i would like to hear from anyone at any other trusts who feel their complaint is not being handled properly ~ you should not be being dealt with by PALS once a formal complaint has been lodged you should only be being dealt with by the complaints dept and they should also have a complaints manager who has nothing to do with PALS
please add the hospital/trust name to this list or email me on
thanks for your help on this ~

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Going into Care with MRSA
Posted by Jane
Last Reply May 4, 2006 at 12:27
Started May 4, 2006 at 10:31
My 84 year old mother had emergency surgery 4 weeks ago which has resulted in her having a colostomy. She has also been diagnosed with MRSA initially on her skin but also in the wound and stoma. Although she is still testing positive on all these sites the hospital say she is OK to go home. She has recovered well from the surgery but is not quite strong enough to return, on her own, to her flat. Her main need relates to getting accustomed to changing the bag rather than being ill, although she is still a little weak. The hospital has suggested she could go into a care home for a while. Does anyone have any experience of whether a care home would take her with MRSA? She is still in isolation in the hospital and there seems little point in her paying to go into care (she does not qualify for free care) if the home will insist she should still be in isolation. I am surprised that while she still has MRSA particularly in the wound/stoma she does not need to be in hospital.

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