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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:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/4632390.stm

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MRSA
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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Mischief!
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 www.mrsaactionuk.com 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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Family exposed to MRSA
Posted by Beverly
Last Reply January 18, 2006 at 19:22
Started January 17, 2006 at 23:43
Hi,
Just before Christmas we had a little 4 year old foster daughter join our family. When we got her ready for bed that night we discovered a large boil on the back of her thigh that we thought might be an infected spider bite. The next day the doctor told us she had MRSA, put her on an antibiotic & gave precautions for our other 5 children. Her skin condition cleared within a week.

We didn't realize until today that this was a condition that could recur.

Two weeks later my Dad (age 80,who also lives with us because of aging/health concerns) developed and unexplained fever and became very weak. We put him in the hospital where he was on an antibiotic for nearly a week. A battery of tests never found infection, raised white blood cell count or any cause for his sickness. He became so ill, his throat atrophied only allowing him to swallow pureed foods and his mental and physical state declined to the point that he has to be in rehab in the nursing home. I'm now wonder... read more

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MRSA Symptoms
Posted by John
Last Reply January 17, 2006 at 17:55
Started January 17, 2006 at 16:59
What are the symptoms of MRSA? Weight loss? Lack of appetite? Loss of bowel control? My neighbour, whom we, previously, looked after - as carers - (before handing his care over to social care services) has been admitted to a 'respite' home (five weeks after being discharged from hospital with a minor stroke). Upon visiting him, we were advised that he had MRSA, but they didn't know 'where he got it from'. He has his own room, but not is not restricted to segregation. The attending staff use hand gel - we were not asked or advised to use the gel! As we are not next of kin they were not prepared to discuss the matter further. Any advice/comments?

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mrsa medication that could've saved mum
Posted by ann
Last Reply January 17, 2006 at 17:48
Started January 9, 2006 at 17:07
i am looking for someone in the forum who said nhs had medication they could've saved my mum i need the name of it if you are on the forum can you let me know i really need the name of it as i see my lawyer on friday many thanks.ann scotland

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Frimley/Guildford Hospitals
Posted by Phip
Last Reply January 17, 2006 at 17:32
Started January 13, 2006 at 14:12
Hi All,

I have recently sent a press release on behalf of MRSA Action UK to local papers throughout the country concerning MRSA and the Mischief programme to be broadcast on BBC3 at 10.30pm next Thursday evening. The programme "Mischief: A dirty weekend" highlights the lack of cleanliness in some of our hospitals, with people going under-cover as cleaners.

I have just had a reporter from the Farnham Herald on the phone asking if I am aware of anybody who has suffered with MRSA in either Frimley Park Hospital or the Royal Surrey in Guildford as they want to run an editorial piece on MRSA.

If anybody has been affected in either of these two hospitals, can they either email me at phip_woodhatch@hotmail.com or better still email the reporter directly? His name is Peter Donelan and his email address is newsroom3.herald@internet-today.co.uk

Many thanks

Phip

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Family rejection
Posted by Loretta
Last Reply January 17, 2006 at 16:58
Started January 17, 2006 at 13:00
I am so saddened. In November I confided in my sister, who is an LPN that I have MRSA and she has now apparently told everyone in my family. I spent over $100 dollars of my very hard earned money and many hours (santiarily) preparing a Christmas meal and bought gifts for my whole family and NO ONE attended. Today my other sister who was my only ally called to basically accused me of infecting her because she invited me to her home this past weekend and she woke up itching this morning. No one cares that I am sick and have no health insurance and am struggling to hold onto a job. I feel like a pariah. I fear total rejection from my children soon. I really feel like dying instead of facing life rejected and scorned by the ones I love. I did not ask for this illness. I contacted while working with children apparently in a recreation facility. Those who believe, please pray for me. I am separated from my husband and if my family stops contact with me I will be all alone. I wo... read more

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Did mrsa kill my mum?
Posted by Julie
Last Reply January 17, 2006 at 07:24
Started January 3, 2006 at 03:14
My mother passed away very suddenly and unexpectedly on friday 30th December before we could even say goodbye. Obviously at the moment I am absolutely heartbroken but what is really leaving a bad taste in my mouth is the events surrounding her death and the doctors attitude after she died. She was admitted to hospital last Monday with a suspected urine infection. On Tuesday they were giving her antibiotics via iv and told me she was going to be fine and there was nothing for me to worry about. By Wednesday she was back to her bright chirpy self and was talking of going on holiday. However on Thursday she seemed to change for the worse and seemed very sleepy and had developed what seemed like a chest infection. However I wasn't too worried kissed and cuddled her and went home. On Friday morning my father got a phone call advising him to come into the hospital as she had suddenly deteriorated her blood pressure had dropped and her breathing was laboured. When we arrived at the ... read more

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going into hospital agian
Posted by sharron
Last Reply January 16, 2006 at 21:22
Started January 5, 2006 at 14:46
hi there
just to let yous no that i got another date for my op again and its next thursday i just hope that everything thing goes to plan this time and no problems i will let yous no how i get on and i have everything in for the mrsa thing again

sharron

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no help
Posted by wendy
Last Reply January 15, 2006 at 20:35
Started January 14, 2006 at 22:17
I have been visiting this website for quite some time and the stories just seem to get worse everyday.This is so sickening,I still cannot believe the hospitals are getting away with murder,young,old,healthy whatever the person they all are being infected with this bug.Why hasn't anything been done.I'm expecting a baby in April and I'm certainly not looking forward to my time in hospital,I think I would prefer to be in agony at home!!!Another point quickly my dad died 2 years ago and we have just been given a meeting after waiting all this time.We have mediation going with us and we have a meeting which is supposed to be for 4 hours with 4 staff from the hospital.We are feeling that it will be a waste of time before we even arrive which is sickeneing cause we still dont know all the facts and answers to why my dad died.The agony my dad suffered will never be forgotten by his family but the hospital have forgotten what happened as soon as he had died.Do you know that we had to have a... read more

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Being an outpatient !
Posted by Scott
Last Reply January 15, 2006 at 12:35
Started January 5, 2006
Just thought I would update you on my problems with MRSA.

Previously just open wounds groin area, now in nose and throat.

Also to follow on from my previous post where I explained that the hospital did not inform me about my MRSA and the consultant saying "where do you think you caught that then"I got a letter to go for an Endoscopy at 8:45 this coming Monday AM ( I also have bowel problems).

I got thinking about what a staff nurse said to me when she said "from now on you will likely be at the end of the queue for any procedures in theatre"

So I thought I'll go and see what happens, have they even been notified about my MRSA, this is the same hospital.

Given that this is a new unit with all the new beds closely together with one theatre my consience got the better of me not wanting to put others at risk so I called the staff nurse in charge of unit and explained, she was horrified that I had been put in for the first procedure that day and not the last and stated "... read more

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MRSA SCREENING TO ALL SCOTTISH HOSPITALS
Posted by ANN
Last Reply January 15, 2006 at 12:22
Started January 14, 2006 at 20:16
SCOTTISH EXEC.HAVE PUT A NEW POLICY INTO OUR HOSPITALS TO STOP MRSA IN ITS TRACK,THEY WILL SREEN ALL PATIENTS BEING ADMITTED ON ARRIVAL,WAIT FOR IT WHAT ABOUT THE WARDS CORRIDORS KITCHENS TOILETS [AND WHY NOT THE MORGUE]AS THIS SEEMS TO BE THE PLACE WHERE MUM ENDED UP,TO TELL ME THERE WARDS WERE CLEAN AND UP TO ITS USUAL STANDARDS,I HAVE IT IN WRITING,THATS WHAT THE HOSPITAL NURSES TOLD THERE LAWYERS,SO WHO WAS CHECKING THEM,WHEN THEY SAY THEY ARE UNDERSTAFFED OBVIOUSLY THEY COULD'NT CHECK,AS I WITNESSED IN ROYAL INFIRMARY [OLD]EDINBURGH,SO REALLY, WHO DO WE BELEIVE THE NURSES AND DOCTORS OR THE PUBLIC WHO LOST LOVED ONES DUE TO LACK OF CARE I KNOW IS GOING ON IN HOSPITALS ITS ALL ON THIS FORUM. ANN EDINBURGH.

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compensation mrsa nhs to pay up
Posted by ann
Last Reply January 14, 2006 at 19:12
Started January 13, 2006 at 14:28
as i said i would let you kow what my lawyer said about mums death and compensation,they have put in an offer which as you would suspect i can't say the ammount just yet,we are still in talks with a third party and will let you all know as soon as i have the final offer.as you know there are a lot of taboo just now on how the govermant and nhs are going to deal with claims i'm going back to see my lawyer next week hopefully that will bring my end of a fight for justice and truth,i wont be leaving the forum as there's a lot still to do and people to help,but i can atlast put mums fight for the suffering to rest thank god.ann edinburgh.

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MRSA
Posted by DENIE
Last Reply January 14, 2006 at 18:44
Started January 14, 2006 at 16:42
MY HUSBAND HAD A LOWER LUMBAR INJECTION AT THE DRS OFFICE AND CONTACTED MSRA.....IT WAS SO BAD HE HAD TO HAVE SURGERY ON HIS REAR AND NOW ITS BACK AGAIN........WHAT DO WE DO?.WE ARE IN THE USA......EMAIL ADDRESS IS DEANIE5687@AOL.COM

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mrsa denial but not from scottish exec
Posted by ann
Last Reply January 13, 2006 at 21:16
Started January 13, 2006 at 15:15
i'm writing this to let you know what they wrote to me,and i quote,as part of the executive's commitment to tackle healthcare associated infections mrkerr the minister for health and community care,announced a campaign investing 15 million pounds over the next three years to protect patients by ensuring high standards of cleanliness in hospitals.most importantly charge nurses[sometimes known as sisters]have been given a key role in implementing this campaign at ground level.they will act as role models for staff,be responsible for ensuring a safe clinical enviroment[including cleanliness and safe visiting rules] and be the first point of contact for complaints about cleaning.to help them in this role,all charge nurses will under go specialised cleanliness champions training[this training will also be built into the coureses of every student nurse in scotland]cleaning staff have an important role to play as part of the hospitals team and we are currently developing an education and f... read more

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op has been cancelled again
Posted by sharron
Last Reply January 12, 2006 at 22:36
Started January 12, 2006 at 09:52
hi there everyone yes its been cancelled again thats the second time no the reson they gave me this morning after booking me in and getting to a bed this time is that my doctor phoned in saying he has done something to his back and it will be next week before i go back in again. Well we will see what happens.
best wishes
sharron

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MRSA In Elderly Care Home
Posted by eastmidlandsman50
Last Reply January 11, 2006 at 22:58
Started January 11, 2006 at 19:29
Hello,and thank you for taking the time to read this.My friend,who works in a care home for the elderly,says that one of the residents,who has recently been in hospital,has been diagnosed with MRSA caught in the hospital.Having subsequently been discharged from the hospital,and returned to the care home with appropriate treatment,she is wondering if the resident,who appears to still be infected,should be isolated from the other elderly residents until the infection has formally cleared up.Also, are there any extra precautions the care home should be taking to ensure both residents and staff alike do not run the risk of catching MRSA. If so,what should the staff and residents be doing in terms of minimalising the risk.Your very urgent help is needed tonight please to answer this question to avoid a possible catastrophy happening.Thank you very much for your reponses.

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