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Speak to your MPs On Our Behalf!
Posted by Tim Cheatle
Last Reply March 8, 2006 at 08:29
Started March 7, 2006 at 10:59
Well the Parliamentary Health Ombudsman has taken our case about the Death Certificate Falsification!Ref:EN-11162 TEL:08450 154033.
The Healthcare Commission is to look at their "rubbish" attempt of an investigation.Ref:C2000508_0363.TEL:MR.Landon 02074481692.
The CID have written to us-so something in writing from the Police will be interesting!
Not heard from the Minister from the Health Committee yet.But they have gone into the Portsmouth Hospitals to investigate the sudden increases in MRSA cases!That's according to The News.The News interviewed My Sister and I recently and should be doing a piece on Us to tie in with the sad Anniversary of Our Dad's death on March 9th!
If anyone wants to get their MP's to ask questions relating to our case that would be great.Our MP is Mike Hancock.

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Posted by Laurie
Last Reply March 7, 2006 at 21:10
Started March 7, 2006 at 21:10
I had surgery in January for strctures. After surgery i got an infection , it was an open wound. Now i was told i have mrsa, and they had to open my stomach. I have a wound vac on does anyone else have this vac. I want to know if it works well?I was also on oral antibiotics. I dont think it worked. I now smell bile and its making me sick to my stomack. Can anyone give me some advise? thank you laurie

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isolation of patients
Posted by katy lu
Last Reply March 7, 2006 at 19:31
Started March 7, 2006 at 15:54
do nurses provide enough psychological support to those patients newly diagnosed with MRSA and do they realise the impact isolation nursing has on these patients

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New MRSA Website
Posted by Dug
Last Reply March 6, 2006 at 19:42
Started March 6, 2006 at 19:42
I can highly recommend this new website. It is full of useful information, WWW.MRSAINFECTION.ORG

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Raising Funds for MRSA Support
Posted by Kalsa
Last Reply March 6, 2006 at 14:03
Started March 6, 2006 at 14:03
Found this what an excellent idea, you can sign up at

THE BIKE RIDE (by Tony Field)

In the last newsletter I stated that I would attempt to ride 10,000 metres on Halesowen cycle track and asked for sponsors. Thanks to a very kind offer of the loan of a rather special Tricycle made by Roman Road Cycles in Carmarthenshire I can now tell you it will be a Trike ride.

My sanity has been questioned over this and I have also been told that I am too old! Ouch! That hurt. So really I now have to rise to the challenge and just to remind you I did achieve 5,000 metres regularly on the exercise bike during my physiotherapy treatment, anyway it might be fun!

This is to raise funds to help cover the costs of the AGM. Plans are well advanced for this now and you will find a sponsorship form here. We would be grateful if you would ask your friends and colleagues to support us. We need to raise mo... read more

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Posted by Carleen
Last Reply March 6, 2006 at 09:40
Started March 4, 2006 at 19:11
Please help. I have just found out my nan has MRSA. She was taken into hosital with dehydration. I found out she had MRSA by reading her notes two weeks after they tested her. She now has Pneumonia and a urine infection. After covering up her MRSA, the hospital are trying to say the lung and urine infections are not related to it. They had her on Vancomycin which they took her off when they got her last swab result yesterday. I can find no information about her last swab, her notes are `missing' again. She is now on Teicoplanin and something else. Does this mean she has VRSA? If so is she not also resistant to Teicoplanin? I thought Vancomycin was the last resort?? Please please help.xx

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my effects of MRSA
Posted by samantha culp
Last Reply March 6, 2006 at 03:27
Started March 6, 2006 at 03:27
i was 39 years old, very physically fit(i cut down trees for a living)yet when i contracted this bug i was physically exhausted from doing hurricane relief work 90 days straight.(i live in florida) and i had a flu bug or something. i was vulnerable to this horror.began as spider bites. would come and go. then after 5 months i had an outbreak. it's been 1 1/2 years since and i haven't had a reoccurance of sores but i am a totaly different person in the way i feel physically. all of my bones and joints ache all the time,lungs always feel as if something heavy sits on my chest,lympnodes remain swollen. even on the back of my head and neck. sometimes they itch terribly. 750 levaquin for 6 weeks i believe caused my teeth to go bad. have severe leg cramps daily,vision shot,fingertips split and are so very painful. the list goes on and on! now i am almost 41 and i feel like i am 71. i am not the same energetic,strong,healthy woman i was. and i feel like one of the lucky ones

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my son tyras
Posted by sacha
Last Reply March 4, 2006 at 08:59
Started February 27, 2006 at 21:38
My son tyras has mrsa, and also the doctors seem to be acting like it is nothing they dont tell me much about the seriousness of this. I only found out today and would like to no how fast it progresses, Tyras has rescently has had a feeding tube put into his belly the doctors are saying it was caused by this they are only treating the outside and not the inside i am very concerned if anyone could get back to me it would be a great help thanks

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How Long do We Need Antibiotics
Posted by Donna
Last Reply March 2, 2006 at 22:21
Started February 28, 2006 at 01:11
Hi All

I am interested to know if anyone has had a successful course of IV antibiotics?

If so, how long were you treated for?

My current sensitivities are to Fucidin and Teicoplanin (although they haven't tested for Vancomycin or Linezolid)

I had one course of Teicoplanin in Nov 2005 - a WEEK of doses through a central line.

I know the dose was too low - but I also would like to know if the length was supposedly adequate?

If I am to get this treated properly I want to find out how long others have been dosed up for.

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MRSA research
Posted by Vigilair
Last Reply March 2, 2006 at 20:03
Started March 2, 2006 at 19:17
Writing from the states to alert you to research from University of Bath, UK. A new study says MRSA can 'hide' inside amoeba and be protected from measures used to inactivate it.
The link is an overview of the study written in regular Engligh...even an American like me could understand it. I found the conclusion that MRSA has the potential to spread via the airborne route particularly interesting.

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new measures to combat MRSA
Posted by Bev
Last Reply March 2, 2006 at 07:56
Started March 1, 2006 at 15:44
Patients are dying from MRSA because doctors carry out different kinds of treatment on patients, experts warned today.

Hospitals across the UK use different antibiotics to combat the deadly infection - some more suitable than others.

But recommendations passed to doctors today should signal the end of this postcode lottery and ensure all victims receive the same standard of care.

The new guidelines will standardise treatment of the killer bug, with the aim of saving lives.

Mark Wilcox, professor of microbiology at Leeds General Infirmary, will be one of the first to implement the measures.

Professor Wilcox said: "At the moment if I went ten times with the same infection into ten different hospitals, undoubtedly the treatments would be different.

"Hospitals A and B might be using two of the recommended antibiotics and hospital C might be using something different. It's not enough simply having this document, it's getting it out to the coalface.

"If you are confi... read more

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Posted by nesha
Last Reply March 1, 2006 at 20:09
Started March 1, 2006 at 18:25
my boyfriend has been to the hospital 3 times since october of 2005. when he first went they treated him for just a spider bite.the same kinda of bump reapeared a month later he went to another hospital and they diagnosed him of having mrsa but they didn't tell him how sever it was and that he would have to live with if for the rest of his life. they gave him doxycycline and told him he would be fine. he has gotten it 2 other times and it has now spread to his nose.we do not have the money to continue to go to the doctor can anyone give me advice on how he can treat this at home? and why havent i gotten it?

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scientists at bath
Posted by Bev
Last Reply March 1, 2006 at 15:38
Started March 1, 2006 at 15:38
The MRSA 'superbug' evades many of the measures introduced to combat its spread by infecting a common single-celled organism found almost everywhere in hospital wards, according to new research published in the journal Environmental Microbiology.
Scientists from the University of Bath have shown that MRSA infects and replicates in a species of amoeba, called Acanthamoeba polyphaga, which is ubiquitous in the environment and can be found on inanimate objects such as vases, sinks and walls.

As amoeba produce cysts to help them spread, this could mean that MRSA maybe able to be 'blown in the wind' between different locations.

Further evidence from research on other pathogens suggests that by infecting amoeba first, MRSA may emerge more virulent and more resistant to antibiotics when it infects humans.

"Infection control policies for hospitals should recognise the role played by amoeba in the survival of MRSA, and evaluate control procedures accordingly," said Professor Mi... read more

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MRSA info
Posted by Anne
Last Reply March 1, 2006 at 09:23
Started February 28, 2006 at 14:46
Some one I know has MRSA, his living conditions & hygene are far from ideal As volunteers we have to visit several days a week. We are given gloves to wear, are advised to wipe the money we are given,and disinfect our hands. (we are not able to wash our hands on the premises)
Now we are being told all this is unnecessary, all we need to do , is wash our hands. The lecture we were given on MRSA was so technical we were "lost" I would appreciate some advice, in simple terms. Thanks

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Posted by Donna
Last Reply March 1, 2006 at 01:31
Started February 28, 2006 at 01:07
I have been diagnosed with MRSA since October 2005.
I eventually had a week of Teicoplanin - wrong dose.... did nothing...

While my surgical wound has eventually healed, I have been developing lumps and abscesses since October - some of which eventually burst leaving a deep sinus that then requires packing for months.

The expert microbiologist at walsall manor hospital has told my GP that these are not usual symptoms of MRSA.

There is no denial that I have MRSA - swabs consistantly positive since October.

Has anyone here had the same symptom??

What symptoms do others get??

The latest one is on my shin, started off as what I thought was an insect bite. Saturday it blew up into a red lump.
Sunday it was 4" by 5". Today it is 6" by 8"...

Does this sound like MRSA??

I also contracted Klebsiella, Enterococci Faecalis, a 2nd Enterocci and E-Coli...... these no longer show up on swabs so assume the many many antibiotics have cleared these up!

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mrsa hand cream: could this be a cure?
Posted by sheryl
Last Reply February 28, 2006 at 10:07
Started February 26, 2006 at 21:34
I just ran across this web page..hope it helps everyone..huggs.

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Long term MRSA
Posted by Kathy
Last Reply February 27, 2006 at 23:10
Started February 26, 2006 at 08:19
Hi. I am 35 Live in Australia and have been fighting MRSA infection for over 18 months now. It's driving me mad. I've had a number of hospital stays and have been on anti biotics for most of the last 18 months. Not sure of the long term effects this will have???? Would love to hear from others who've had success with getting rid of this infection. My email is If you want to contact me to give advice, support or just a chat that would be great (NO MEN PLEASE). Bye for now

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Posted by Lois
Last Reply February 27, 2006 at 19:25
Started February 27, 2006
My Father in law was in hospital Got home and then the nurse came out did a urine test and it showed MRSA My Father in law has a indwelling catheter.
So could you please tell me what this means is it eating up his bladder or kidneys????? On the skin you are able to see sores but what happens when its inside? Please write me back i have looked everywhere in the internet and cant find anything

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kim and aggie,s nhs wards blitz
Posted by sharron
Last Reply February 26, 2006 at 18:45
Started February 24, 2006 at 11:19
hi there got the scottish sun this morning and there was a bit in it that kim and aggie are to go work on hygiene standards at a shamed hospital.
the how clean is your house?
stars will target Ealing hospital in west london-accused of poor standards in an undercover documentary last year.
A source said; they genuinely want to help improve cleanlinedd in our hospitals.
The show explores what every hospital staff, patients and visitors-could and should do to make them safer and healthier places." As well as featuring kim and scots-born aggie getting stuck in, the show will include experts giving advise on combating the superbug MRSA. Their efforts will be the subject of a two-part channel 4 show currently being shot and due out later this year.A channel 4 dispatches exposed poor hygiene at Ealing hospital. they sat they are taking an upfront approach to a serious subject. So it takes two women from the tv to get their fingers out of there .... So whats going to happen to all the h... read more

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ETQ Nightingale project
Posted by John
Last Reply February 26, 2006 at 12:30
Started February 26, 2006 at 02:31
Has anybody heard about the nightingale project developed by Energy Technique? They claim to have the solution to eradicate all hospitals from MRSA.

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