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immune system boost
Posted by Simon Houston
Last Reply January 30, 2006 at 16:57
Started January 30, 2006 at 15:46
My Grandmother of 85 yrs has been diagnosed with MRSA on a wound in here leg.She has been put on anti-biotics to fight the infection but has been told to cut out all dairy products. To help boost her immune system she has been taking protein drinks, but now this has to cease while she is on the course of tablets. Has anybody any advice on what she can take to help boost her immune system while she is on this course. Thanks

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Posted by ANN
Last Reply January 30, 2006 at 15:48
Started January 25, 2006 at 17:18

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Posted by mrsa but not mrsa?
Last Reply January 30, 2006 at 15:46
Started January 30, 2006 at 13:44
they are doing all they but why are they not addressing the mrsa

Plans to make the NHS 'accessible'

The NHS could be pushed out of hospitals and further into the community under plans to change the face of healthcare in England.

A White Paper aimed at improving the care of patients includes plans for integrated health and social care services in the heart of the community.

And measures to deliver more care outside of hospitals, as well as increasing access to GPs and other health practitioners, are also included.

Outlining some of the proposals, Ms Hewitt said: "People are telling us they want much more convenient services and we have got to respond to that.

"We would like to have far more treatments such as X-rays and other diagnostic procedures being done in health centres rather than going to the big hospital when it is not really necessary."

Ms Hewitt has already said that GP practices could be encouraged to start longer opening hours to fit in with the de... read more

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Hospitals taking risks
Posted by Phip
Last Reply January 30, 2006 at 15:27
Started January 28, 2006 at 19:44
You may have seen this in todays papers, but if not link below details how high-risk MRSA patients were put into a maternity unit due to bed pressure. When will they learn?

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Posted by Jane
Last Reply January 30, 2006 at 14:34
Started January 29, 2006
Hi there, this is a great site, which I am grateful for. I live in Canada. My dad was rushed to hospital two weeks ago, is in York District after a bad fall. Due to his medical condition, he cannot presently walk, and has now got a urinary infection, chest infection. I rang on Monday, and was told the leg infection from the deep cut he got when he fell, was healing nicely with antibiotics. What they did not tell me was it is MRSA!! A friend who visited was informed, and rang me. I then rang York and spoke to a compassionate nurse who confirmed MRSA, and that it is being treated and they think it can be cured. ?? I had heard of the superbug in the UK...we do not have them in Canada that I am aware it is frightening, knowing he is over there with this wild infection, and having heard nightmarish stories, and not being there to speak to staff directly. I had not realised how many people have been inflicted until I read this forum. I am worried sick right now, and wil... read more

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my dad does
Posted by lisa
Last Reply January 29, 2006 at 23:26
Started January 18, 2006 at 11:40
hi just to let use all know the hospital told us he does have mrsa

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loss of a parent before their time to mrsa
Posted by ann
Last Reply January 27, 2006 at 19:24
Started January 27, 2006 at 19:24
hospitals have a lot to answer to over the deaths of so many innocent people,its 3yrs yesterday since i lost mum to mrsa and they brush the families aside,worse they don't even care because if they did then this forum probably would'nt be here,but it was because of the forum i learned all about mrsa and have since taken a study on this superbug,i thank the people for starting this as this enabled me to understand more what happened to mum.watching the news last night another 3 victims to mrsa died,i know the goverment are meant to change things [when we do'nt know]people have to stick to all the help that is given to them as it is a serious health issue,i was going into hospital as i found out i've had a broken jaw since i was a child and i did'nt even know,it was at the dentists they knew something was wrong i could'nt close my jaw and was reffered to hospital and they told me i needed an operation to correct it,i was petrified after the mrsa came on the scene,now i dont know what ... read more

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We need more of these!
Posted by Phip
Last Reply January 27, 2006 at 13:27
Started January 21, 2006 at 12:16
Have just found this piece on the BBC News website - we need more of these nationwide:

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An American doc shows some honesty.
Posted by Scott
Last Reply January 27, 2006 at 13:14
Started January 14, 2006 at 01:24
Follow the links and read and comment, at least someone in authority is being honest.


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Prevalence of MRSA in hospitals
Posted by Simon French
Last Reply January 27, 2006 at 12:17
Started January 26, 2006 at 18:57

Does anyone know of research done into the worst and best hospitals in the UK, for the prevalence of MRSA?


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MRSA and my parapalegic son
Posted by Abbie Potter
Last Reply January 26, 2006 at 22:57
Started January 26, 2006 at 14:20
My son who is 27 and has been parapalegic for almost four years following a car accident has just been diagnosed with MRSA. He has had many UTI's in the past two years, has fought with a pressure sore on his bottom for almost a year and two weeks ago his leg started swelling. This time when he was admitted to the hospital he was given an MRI and doctors discovered he had multiple absecces of infection in his leg and his hip bone had deterierated because of infection. An infection control specialist was called in and discovered MRSA in his urine, in his pressure wound and in the hip bone and abcesses in his leg. He had two surgeries last week to remove his deteriorated bone and the abcesses in his leg. He is on IV antibotics and is having bloodwork done regularly. I am over 800 miles away and need information. Are there things we can do to help his body fight this infection. The hospital is getting ready to release him to a rehab center. If anyone can help me with information... read more

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Posted by ALLAN
Last Reply January 26, 2006 at 07:17
Started January 24, 2006 at 20:17
my mother has just been told she has MRSA after being in hospital for 6 weeks, we didnt know she had this until tonight and we are very concerned about various aspects. Can anyone inform us if washing her clothes in our washing machine could pass the infection on to our family, if so what would be the best way of dealing with it.
thank you.

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Trafford General Hospital
Posted by Bernie
Last Reply January 25, 2006 at 16:41
Started January 25, 2006 at 08:46
Hi there, my Dad was admitted to hospital with a chest infection 2 weeks ago following a course of chemotherapy. He then developed MRSA and is now on strong anitbiotics to treat it. Nobody has admiited it but we think he caught it in the hospital. Does anybody know what the long term effects are and after the anitbiotics, what can be done, taken, eaten etc to stop it from flaring up again? Is it tru that being a virus, it will stay in the body and flare up from time to time?

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under 55's contracting MRSA
Posted by Bev
Last Reply January 25, 2006 at 03:06
Started January 18, 2006 at 17:47
i have been asked if there are any survivors of MRSA under the age of 55 i know quite a number but wondered if anyone would be interested in taking part in workshop collabrative i know there are many young women who have posted on the forum regarding contracting it when giving birth and also young sportsmen
would anyone who is interested please contact me on there are only 1 or 2 places left and we would like to see them filled with genuine victims

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Hail Dr Acorn
Posted by Phip
Last Reply January 24, 2006 at 12:59
Started January 23, 2006 at 19:28
Found this on the BBC webpages, too - this doctor talks our language. If only there were more like him....

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BBC website health pages
Posted by Phip
Last Reply January 24, 2006 at 12:12
Started January 23, 2006 at 19:26
Have a look at this link from the health news on the BBC website:

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Posted by Helen
Last Reply January 23, 2006 at 12:48
Started January 17, 2006 at 22:24
My 20 year old son has been found to colonise Mrsa,been in hospital 5 days,treated for severe eczema.Staff did not inform us he was positive,but a visitor saw nurses wearing aprons and gloves.We have had little support and feel very angry at not been informed of the condition.My son has had Mrsa before and on that occassion we were not told but found out later on a readmission to hospital when he had been very unwell for nearly a year.Are medics becoming complacent at my sons expence.He has been poorly for a long time and I feel the Mrsa it to blame but no one is giving us answers! Help!

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Posted by Phip
Last Reply January 23, 2006 at 08:32
Started January 20, 2006 at 08:44
A massive well done to all of you who appeared in last nights Mischief programme. What an exposee that was - and done with a bit of humour, too. Lets hope that the effects of this become apparent with better standards of cleanliness, hygiene and infection control throughout the NHS.

Was nice to see some familiar faces wielding those mops - and made me really sad that I hadn't been able to take part.
There were moments when I couldn't do anything but cry; not just for my Dad but for the many others who have lost a loved one or had their lives severely affected by MRSA.

Well done to you all - and lets hope we see some changes now. Be nice to find out if MS Hewitt has been swabbed at any point too.......

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BBC Eastmidlands tonight
Posted by Bev
Last Reply January 22, 2006 at 09:57
Started January 16, 2006 at 20:43
Well done Moya Stevenson to the first official interview regarding the programme to be aired on BBC3 thursday 19th jan 2006 called Mischief ' a dirty weekend in hospital'

moya a member of MRSA Action UK did an on interview for BBC Eastmidlands tonight which was aired at 6pm and will be aired again later tonight

moya along with most members of MRSA Action UK took part in the programme filmed in august 2005 to highlight the lack of cleanliness in our hospitals.

we were amongst 100 people (victims and family members) who took part to highlight what is going on in our hospitals today ~ we are seriously campaigning for safer standards in our hospitals please take a look at website join us if you can in our campaign

well done moya !

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MRSA or not MRSA?
Posted by Simone Meldrum
Last Reply January 20, 2006 at 15:58
Started July 19, 2004 at 20:02
I am the mother of a 5 1/2 month old baby girl Kara. Kara was due her last triple jab just after moving to the Scottish borders temporarily as we are moving to USA in 3 weeks. After her jabs Kara was fine as with all her other jabs but a couple of weeks after the jab my husband and I commented that the her right thigh looked swollen and was hard to the touch and also very hot. Since this was Sunday evening we rang NHS Direct and susequently took Kara to see the local GP, the answer was a Haematoma and ringworm just by coincidence. Two weeks later after seeing various GP's and after a 2 week course of Flucloxacillin(which had been increased after 1 week) I had had enough, Kara's leg was worse clearly now looking extremely infected. Kara was seen by the local community hospital then operated on in Edinburgh were she had such an infected leg they had to drain 30-40mls of puss from the cyst which had formed. MRSA had crossed my mind after watching the various news reports at the time an... read more

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