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might have to go back into hospital agian
Posted by sharron
Last Reply April 23, 2006 at 14:45
Started April 22, 2006 at 11:56
hi there guys
sorry i havent been on the forum for a while but had a lot to do until last week i think my band has slipped and waiting on the hospital to contact me to go back in again i think its because i have been going to the gym but the doctor said no he thinks its because i have been sick maybe 4 to 5 times a day because my food does not go down so the band might have slipped that way i am sick with worry that they will keep me in again or take the whole thing out and start again but heres hopeing. well how are you bev mavis and linda and phip hope yous are keeping well and how are you linda hope you are trying to get back to normal well you now what i mean well guys six and a half stone just 2 and a half more and am there talk to yous very soon and will let yous no how i get on hopfully monday or tuesday
best wishes
sharron xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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mrsa nhs re goverment claims held back
Posted by ann
Last Reply April 22, 2006 at 17:25
Started March 25, 2006 at 16:03
i've been with my lawyer for,and i have to let you know what the goverment and nhs are doing,as you may know you only get claim negligence,my lawyer got a few extra months from the legal aid board but the hospitals are making the claims last as long as possible,this to me sounds like they are doing it delibretly in doing so they are denying liability to people,even though we know mrsa killed my mum,and a lot more people will run into this kind of action,so my advise to all is make sure you get your lawyer to act asap so you dont run out of time,to me this is cold calous and deceptive for all who are claiming against the nhs,we know they hid the truth about mrsa for they're playing it dirty knowing all to well that we are only allocated a time limit on the claims,dont let them put you of by denying liability go to court if you have to its time they all paid for the people who died or are severly ill with mrsa,i've written to tony blair and the scottish goverm... read more

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Posted in MSRA USA
Posted by Caroline
Last Reply April 22, 2006 at 05:32
Started March 20, 2006 at 01:05
I posted the ftwo following in the USA section, but didn't really get any relevant replies. I'm posting here too in case someone in this one can help.

My husband tested positive for MRSA in his sputum on Wednesday, after being in hospital for 8 days. Also has pseudomonas. Has asthma, bronchiectasis. Was in hospital for the asthma. They started Vancomycin and Tiazamin (or something like that) on Wednesday night. He's in isolation. His GP says it's "not medically dangerous and is being treated" but reading some stuff makes me afraid. Is it really not dangerous if it's in his sputum, therefore lungs? Any advice? Questions I should ask or things I should insist on? BTW, he's 37 years old. Thanks.

POST #2:
Thanks for the replies to my MSRA in sputum post. My husband doesn't have any of the symptoms you describe. He hasn't had surgery and he doesn't have boils. That's why I was asking about it being positive in the sputum. He's been on Vancomycin Q12h for 7 days. He has ... read more

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dry swab of
Posted by rae
Last Reply April 22, 2006
Started April 22, 2006
I first had problems with boils in 2003 - I was treated for staph (on visual examination) with flucloxicillin.

Recently the boils reappeared, but when I went for my exam, they hadn't come to a head. A dry swab of the skin was taken. I'm going to review results on Monday, but somehow doubt that the test will yield a meaningful result. Any thoughts on this? I'd like to not be inundated with antibiotics that don't work.

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International Podcast
Posted by Rob
Last Reply April 21, 2006 at 16:58
Started April 14, 2006 at 10:59
The Bella Moss Foundation is scheduled to participate in an international podcast hosted in the USA, and a proportion of the admission fee will be donated to The Foundation.

During the International Podcasting Expo's Podcasting Marathon Kim Bloomer (Official US Representative of The Bella Moss Foundation) and Jeannie Thomason, will invite listeners to ask questions and share their own pet stories. Foundation President and Founder, Jill Moss, will be discussing the mission of The Foundation, which is to educate pet owners on the dangers of MRSA in pets, how to protect their pets, and the need to bring change to veterinary protocol.

To listen to the podcast and donate to The Bella Moss Foundation go to and click on the International Podcasting Expo banner you see there under the photo in the left sidebar. That will bring you the page on the website. Scroll down unt... read more

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Last Reply April 20, 2006 at 20:01
Started April 20, 2006 at 19:14
I contracted MRSA and C Diff in King George Hospital, Goodmayes, Essex, in May 2002. After several useless operations the hospital told me I'd have to go off and live with it in my spine. Luckily I found a spinal centre in Oxford which eradicated (hopefully) the MRSA, and I am so grateful to the dedicated doctors and nursing staff at the Nuffield NHS Hospital.
But as a result of the filthy practices at King George, my husband and I have become fanatical about hand hygiene by medical staff.
Staff at Oldchurch Hospital in Romford, part of the same NHS Trust as King George, always had to be argued with to get them to wear gloves when we had to have our many blood tests. Even then they would invariably remove them part-way through the blood-taking, claiming that they were unable to feel our veins.
My husband became so fed up with this that he wrote to the Chief Executive Officer of the Trust,stating that it was against their own hospital policy when handling bodily fluids for the t... read more

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A dirty weekend in hospital
Posted by tom
Last Reply April 18, 2006 at 21:35
Started January 16, 2006 at 20:40
I hope that as many people as possible will be able to watch this programme. It goes on air this thursday on BBC Three @ 10.30p.m. We will try and get a copy of the programme made up for those that cannot receive digital /sky TV. This programme was filmed last August when we went under cover cleaning hop[sitlas up & down the country. Please reply to

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Possible MRSA skin infection
Posted by Jan
Last Reply April 17, 2006 at 18:59
Started April 17, 2006 at 17:54
I didn't receive any replies to my 6-year-old with recurring impetigo, which really scares me now. It is a recurring skin infection that looks like bugs bites. I can't send her to school with it, which means I can't go to work. She's had it since February.

I keep reading about using a Hibiscrub to help rid any colonization. Can anyone give me any recommendations on where I can find this or some other bath soap that will work. Also, are there any types of carpet and upholstry shampoos that will help disinfect?

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To Mary McGreehan
Posted by Derek Butler
Last Reply April 16, 2006 at 22:28
Started April 5, 2006 at 20:32
Originally posted by mary mcgreehan on April 3, 2006, but removed

i would anxiously like to know how long mrsa lives on contaminated items as my nephew who is a toddler with cf has been conlinised with mrsa in nose throat and skin. he has been treated but his mother is anxious to prevent reinfection. i was speaking to a microbiologist and infection control team but they could not tell me.


Dear Mary

Sorry it would seem that your original posting and my reply has been removed for some reason. This is the reply I gave originally.

With regard to MRSA and how long it can live on contaminated items most microbiologists differ in their assessment of how long it can survive on inanimate objects. They say it can be anything from a few days to a few months. In answer to you asking about blankets this will depend on how many skin cells are shed by the body. In most cases a large adult obviously will shed more skin cells than a child, but as a precaution it i... read more

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Posted by Jamie
Last Reply April 15, 2006 at 14:49
Started April 15, 2006 at 14:49
I was recently diagnosed with mrsa in late January, and was in the hospital for 9 days on vancomycin,and had an Incision and Drainage on my inner thigh. Now I have another large sore infected with mrsa above my vagina area. Are these infections ever going to stop? I want to have kids in the near future possibly in a year. Will I be able to get pregnant? and will the baby survive? what might be the outcome?

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Treatment (and lack thereof)
Posted by Mandy Smith
Last Reply April 15, 2006 at 09:31
Started April 9, 2006 at 02:28
Hi Everybody

I have an MRSA infection in my sinuses, and have had for just about a year now.

I caught MRSA when my father in law had a stroke last January and I spent 4 months living in the Neurological Unit at Addenbrookes.

I am under the care of the National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital in London. Since last April I've had umpteen courses of antibiotics (no vancomycin) and an operation to wash my sinuses out last November. None of these measures have cured my MRSA sinusitis.

Nobody in the medical profession I am dealing with (my GP and the hospital bods) seem to be too concerned about the infection, or have any ideas on how to treat it.

I'm feeling pretty lousy (andybody who's had sinus infections will know what i mean!) after a year of fighting these infections, and wondered if there's anything I could suggest/ask for from my doctors.

As well as feeling rough, I've not seen my family for over a year, as my mum has had 2 bouts of serious surgery this year (and is... read more

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Posted by nicci
Last Reply April 14, 2006 at 15:14
Started April 13, 2006 at 23:53
HI I wondered if anyone could explain the difference between MRSA & MSSA Plese ?

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Posted by Josephine Ford
Last Reply April 14, 2006 at 06:52
Started April 14, 2006 at 06:52
Is it normal to remove a leg when the MRSA has been located in a wound on the buttock. My husband is a paraplegic & has been for 35 years. Never during this time has he had bed sores. Last April he bumped his butt on the arm of his wheelchair. This caused a small bruise, he treated it but it started getting bigger, so he went to the local wound care center. They had him come in once each week, they would clean it and bandage it back up; they never gave him any medication to take. After months of this process the wound continued to enlarge. He was finally operated on and a flap was placed over the area. Again he was never given any medications. He was moved to a Speciality hospital to recover. The wound started to improve and he was sent home. They had someone come in every other day to change his bandages. Unfortunly the wound opened up in a area just below the original place. When he went back to see the Dr. that did the operation, the Dr. walked into the room, looked at h... read more

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cure mrsa dont take in what you read or hear.
Posted by ann
Last Reply April 13, 2006 at 17:32
Started March 5, 2006 at 14:18
so far i've counted about 5 cures for mrsa if there was one dont you think we would want proof before jumping with joy,we are still reading of people suffering severely and or death,i'd be happy for all the ones who are still really ill.even for the people we've lost i'd be over the moon so no one has to go through what most of us have looeing my mum its going to take a lot to prove a cure is at hand,like bev,sharron moya phip and myself would be the first to say it really works,so please dont take in all you read or hear until we know for certain.ann edinburgh.

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pennine trust
Posted by Bev
Last Reply April 13, 2006 at 14:42
Started April 13, 2006 at 14:41
Health chief gets 475,000 pay-off
Amanda Crook

WINDFALL: Chris Appleby.A HEALTH chief who agreed to quit after pressure from Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt is to receive a payout of almost half a million pounds.

Chris Appleby, chief executive of Pennine Acute Hospitals Trust - which runs hospitals in Oldham, Rochdale, Bury and North Manchester - announced in February he would leave once a consultation on services had been completed.

He had been under pressure to go since the trust's medics held a vote of no confidence into his management last summer. His leadership style had been criticised in an independent probe and local MPs even appealed to Ms Hewitt to intervene.

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Now Mr Appleby will leave the trust next month and his retirement will cost them 475,000, including pension payments. In a statement, the trust said: "Mr Appleby's decision to take early retirement has been agreed by the trust."

The Greater Manchester St... read more

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Posted by Graham Robinson
Last Reply April 13, 2006 at 12:58
Started April 13, 2006 at 12:39
My father was admitted to hospital with a chest infection and emphasemia [lung disease]. He has been in hospital for nearly three weeks and has been on/off a ventilator to help his breathing. Yesterday he was diagnosed with MRSA, but not "infected". What questions should I ask the hospital and what treatment should he be getting and when??

Thanks for your help.

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UK based Clostridium difficile website
Posted by mark k
Last Reply April 12, 2006 at 18:15
Started April 12, 2006 at 18:15
I have set up a UK based website and support group for all matters related to Clostridium difficile. The site includes a discussion forum so please feel free to participate.

It can be located at

Please pardon our appearance during this startup period.

Thanks for your support,

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Healthcare Commission Consultation
Posted by http://www.healthcarecomm
Last Reply April 12, 2006 at 07:43
Started April 11, 2006 at 21:18
MRSA Support and MRSA Action UK have a stake in this and need to visit this site to download the consultation on the components of the Annual Healthcheck. This affects members of both groups and is a valuable opportunity to be involved.

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Is this serious ?
Posted by Jay Krishna
Last Reply April 11, 2006 at 21:01
Started April 11, 2006 at 21:01

My 8 year old son was swabbed in the nose recently and the report says he is carrying
1. Abundant Staph. Aureus that is resistant to Clindamycin, Erythromycin and Penicillin. Is this an MRSA ?

2. He also has some Staph Epidermidis in the nose that is resistant to the above same antibiotics. I understand this is biofilm forming.

He has constant GI issues (ever since he was born) and I suspect these staph could be playing a role as I carry the Staph Epidermidis and my husband carries the other Staph Aureus also resistant to the same antibiotics.

Thanks for any input or comments

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Posted by Alastair
Last Reply April 10, 2006 at 20:36
Started April 10, 2006 at 20:36
Message for Ruth Wollacott.

Hi Ruth,

We spoke around a year ago about a project I was working on. I was wondering if you could call me as I am working on something else that you may be interested in.

Thank you

Alastair McAlpine

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