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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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Family exposed to MRSA
Posted by Beverly
Last Reply January 18, 2006 at 19:22
Started January 17, 2006 at 23:43
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 or better still email the reporter directly? His name is Peter Donelan and his email address is

Many thanks


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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


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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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