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MRSA Policy in UK
Posted by Marc
Last Reply December 30, 2005 at 17:29
Started December 12, 2005 at 17:10
Hi, i know this is a difficult topic to talk about, but I am doing an assignment regarding the problems with the policy formulation introducing a strategy to tackle the MRSA outbreak.

Basically does anyone know of any reasons why the formulation and strategy did not work. From what i have researched, the policy was formulated by the Department of Health, but obviously problems arose, and it took a while for the policy to filter down.

Any information about the MRSA policy, the organisations involved, and the exact problems that arose would be much appreciated, ill check back here, or if anyone wants to contact me my email is

By the end of this assignment i should be an expert as to why MRSA policy in the UK has not been succesful.

Thanks guys.

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lawyers set for court in january
Posted by ann
Last Reply December 30, 2005 at 17:13
Started December 30, 2005 at 17:13
this is going to be a bad year for nhs re goverment,lawyers in edinburgh have now gone ahead to take them to court,if you are one of many people who put in a claim against nhs re goverment even three years ago dont give up hope,my lawyer and others got a continuence for claims.
i think the goverment are hoping that cases that went in three years ago cant get compensation,they are so wrong i'm glad to say,if you did'nt carry you're claim on they know they dont have to pay,so if you are nearing you're three years ask you're lawyer now for a continuence or you're fight for justice will go out the window,mrsa is such a big issue now Mr.Blair will be praying that some people don't know there rights,so now our thread know take action asap and that goes for all mrsa cases.ann scotland

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Septic Arthritus
Posted by Michael King
Last Reply December 29, 2005 at 15:23
Started December 28, 2005 at 19:04
I developed a staph infection 4 months after receiviving a total knee replacement in April of 2005. The infection began in late August and continues today. I have taken vancomyicin (I'm alergic), cubicin, zyvox, synercide, and now tigercycline with no positive results. I have also taken riffampin. The knee was removed in November and I had to surgeries in December (3 days apart) to clean out the site and start a new antibiotic (tigercycline). I'm running out of options. Any thoughts?

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John Reid Meets Brian Bennett
Posted by Carl
Last Reply December 28, 2005 at 16:02
Started April 18, 2005 at 20:18
Some of you may have read my previous post on this forum (letter FAO Brian Bennett). Well, another post that has caught my attention relates to the red tape holding up Brian Bennetts wonder cream. I notice that some of Brian Bennetts pevious friends have paid particular attention to this web page and have posted their comments. These people seem un Con Vinced by some claims made. I for one fall in to this camp. I too am unconvinced. But who are we to pass judgement? Such powerful and influential people as John Reid and even the Sun Newspaper(?) are convinced. Let us not forget the extremely wealthy individuals who have been convinced in to investing in Brian Bennett. What is it that has made these new found friends believe so strongly in this cream? I would like to be equally influenced.

It would appear to me that perhaps Brian Bennetts profile is far more humble than i believed. My collegues and i cannot deny that my previous post may have opended the proverbial can of worms, bu... read more

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Posted by John Barford
Last Reply December 28, 2005 at 15:31
Started December 14, 2005 at 17:39
My daughter, Rachael, is 25 years old. She had surgery on her broken leg the first of September, 2005. The last week of November she complained of a bump on her surgical area of the leg. The 5th of December she was feverish and the leg area swelled. Her mother took her to the doctor on the 7th and they admitted her to the hospital. After test results they determined she had MRSA. She was released for home care on the 12th and her mother administers Vancomycin in the surgically implanted IV. A health care nurse visits on regular basis and took a blood sample on the 13th. Rachael has a 2 year old son. Should he be exposed to this or should we keep him away? Are there any immediate signs to look for in case hospital care in needed?

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Health Care Commision
Posted by Andy
Last Reply December 28, 2005 at 10:45
Started December 27, 2005 at 18:19
Health bosses 'too busy' to investigate mum's MRSA death

THE daughter of an MRSA victim has been told a health watchdog is too busy to review the case.

Bev Hurst, 48, is furious that after 30 months trying to find out how her mother Margaret Rowley contracted the deadly bug at Bury's Fairfield General she has now come up against a brick wall.

She wrote to the Healthcare Commission two weeks ago asking them to start an independent review of her 70-year-old mother's care and her death in June 2003.

Mrs Hurst, a mum-of-two from Wigan, was shocked when they replied saying: "When a request for review is received our usual process would be for it to be allocated to a case manager.

"As we have received considerably more new cases than we are currently able to allocate to case managers, there will, unfortunately, be a delay in progressing your case."


The Healthcare Commission admits it has been inundated with more complaints than it can cope with and can't say... read more

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mrsa everywhere... step up awareness
Posted by Luke
Last Reply December 28, 2005 at 10:41
Started December 22, 2005 at 08:21
My gramp has recently been diagnosed with mrsa. He has been in the JR hospital for 10 weeks and only after being transferred to another hospital was told that he had the bug. The new hospital were furious that he had been transferreed with the bug but the opinion from the JR was that 'everyone here has it'. This 'what do you expect' attitude clearly reflects the fact that many hospital staff do not take mrsa seriously... I have been to JR several times and they have those hand wash things everywhere - it appears that it will take many more preventative methods than a bacterial hand and arm wash to tackle the extent of this disease. I didn't even know why I was washing my hands in there..... call me ignorant but where's the awareness?????

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Mrsa or not??
Posted by Ric
Last Reply December 27, 2005 at 22:39
Started December 27, 2005 at 18:05
Does this sound familiar to any of you???
My father in law (nearly 90~) went in to hospital about a week ago with a urinary infection and chronic constipation. He came out looking better on Xmas Eve, but by Boxing Day had become incontinent with chronic diarrhoea, pneumonia type chest infection, and general confusion. Is this the onset of an MRSA type bug??. The hospital has taken blood tests but till now have not actually said what's wrong with him. The whole family are obviously very worried.

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What should I do? Plz Help
Posted by UnfortunatelyInfected
Last Reply December 26, 2005 at 19:55
Started December 19, 2005 at 15:49
I had my appendix removed this year at the end of February/Beginning of March. 1 Month later I had an extreme infection in my leg. I noticed it one day, it looked like a zit. By the end of the day, it was looking like a bad spider bite. I went to the hospital, never mentioning what i thought it was because i really didn't know. Well, they thought it was a spider bite, treated me for it with IV Drugs, then sent me home a day later. 2 Days later my leg was leaking nasty fluid and lots of it. The swollen part of my leg had swollen up even further and I ended up being hospitalized for a week. Needless to say I got better, but it has flared up again one time in the month of october, and again just 3 days ago. It seems if I catch it early enough and get treated, i can hold it off so its not bad. But this time, right now, i didnt catch it in time. Its on my waist area and I didnt even notice all the swelling. I have been reading about how alot of this infection is received whil... read more

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My 18 month old daughter
Posted by Sarah
Last Reply December 26, 2005 at 02:30
Started December 23, 2005 at 02:39
My 18 month old daughter was diag. with MRSA and Celulitus. Question is.. I have been told by one hand of people (doctors and nurses) have said that this is not common in children and something is wrong and then on the other hand, I have been told by people (some other doctors and nurses) that this is fine. I have been also told that this only really happens to nursing home patients. What am I to believe. If you have any information, feel free to inlight me. Thanks, Sarah

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mrsa nhs re goverment the blind leading the bl
Posted by ann
Last Reply December 23, 2005 at 20:45
Started December 23, 2005 at 20:45
After looking into the nhs re goverment on mrsa its the blind leading the blind,a cover up [YES]none of the hospitals told us what exactly went wrong and even the goverment we're saying nothing so who do i blame [BOTH]because they knew if it did get out there would be hell for both parties,i received a letter back from 10 downing street,asking tony blair why they did'nt act on mrsa when it could well have been avoided,ofcourse tony blair had someone write back saying how sorry he was that mum had died,but you know what got me,not a word on the letter i got back had mrsa and why's that because that would be them admitting to the facts,i'm keeping all letters from lawyers tony blair i've even got letters from nhs lawyers denying it was neglect i've also got word back from scottish party about my case,how much longer are they going to deny mrsa deaths,i for one will never give up my mum went to hell and back then died from mrsa it's time for the public to make a stand because no one el... read more

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Not notified about MRSA
Posted by Scotty66
Last Reply December 23, 2005 at 19:17
Started December 18, 2005 at 20:52
I wonder if anyone can help please, are hospitals under any obligation to notify a patient that they have MRSA and offer advice accordingly ?



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MRSA in prostitutes
Posted by Peter
Last Reply December 23, 2005 at 19:09
Started December 22, 2005 at 21:16
A national newspaper has today reported that prostitiutes are carrying the deadly virus MRSA and passing it on when they "entertain clients".

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How long before MRSA makes you feel ill?
Posted by Dee
Last Reply December 23, 2005 at 16:42
Started December 23, 2005 at 15:19

If someone becomes infected with MRSA, does anyone please know HOW LONG IT TAKES to start feeling ill ? Does it take hours OR days/weeks before it starts making you feel ill ? Can you "catch it" from, say for instance, reading a magazine/newspaper thats been handled by several other people if they are infected with it.
ALSO if you touch something/someone with your hand, thats got MRSA on it, could MRSA then travel straight to your lungs/chest & would it cause symptoms of flu etc. within hours ? Or does it take days/weeks to then infect you ?

Sorry for so many questions - but I would like to know because a relation has been in hospital for 36 hours & was due an op. which has now been postponed. This person "shared" their newspapers/magazines with all the other people on the ward & has come home today feeling pretty rough with a "tight chest". They've said the person in the next bed kept coughing & coughing. Presumably this is also how MRSA can also be "spread", as we... read more

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Dedications page
Posted by Bev
Last Reply December 22, 2005 at 12:59
Started December 8, 2005 at 09:15
MRSA Action UK set up a dedications/memorial page for victims of MRSA this is free to all members ~ this is a place for you to say a few lasting words for your loved ones then click the dedications button half way down the home page

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Public monitoring ward superbugs
Posted by Public monitoring ward su
Last Reply December 21, 2005 at 23:30
Started September 19, 2005 at 23:42
Public monitoring ward superbugs

Bugwatch aims to address fears over healthcare-acquired infections
Hygiene standards at acute hospitals in Northern Ireland are to be monitored by members of the public in an attempt to curb the spread of superbugs like MRSA.
The Bugwatch surveys by the province's four health and social service councils are aimed at easing public concerns.

The independent watchdogs were set up by the government to represent the opinions of non-health professionals.

Volunteers will examine handwashing facilities on wards, laundry sorting and displays of advice to visitors.

Bugwatch begins at Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital on Monday and will cover eight main hospitals across Northern Ireland.

The councils will use their findings to support their work in representing the public about infection control.

Response to concern

Stella Cunningham, chief officer of the southern HSSC, said it was a response to increasing public concern about ... read more

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complaining to nurses are people to affraid to
Posted by ann
Last Reply December 20, 2005 at 18:08
Started December 20, 2005 at 18:08
after sleeping in a nurse barrier room for 10 or so wks i was speaking to a lot of people that we're coming and going a few of us spoke about the state of the old royal infirmary edinburgh,even a couple of domestics say its a mess.anyway my point is when i told them to report it to staff they were to scaed,i asked why and a simple answer from most of them i spoke to said if they did put a complaint in they were scared there family or friends might not get treated the way they should,they we're scared and i knew a few of the people that came in,what i'm trying to explain is[don't put it of telling the nurses you're concerns for the people they care for they are being paid to do just that]if you go and visit again and you're still not happy report the complaint in writing to the executives about you're worries,but everyone needs to do it now it could well save a life.ann scotland

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List of Hospitals?
Posted by Jude
Last Reply December 20, 2005 at 16:30
Started December 15, 2005 at 07:45
My 82yr old mum was taken into Fairfield Hospital in Bury Lancs almost 3 weeks ago and was put in isolation with MRSA last Saturday. The hospital lied about why she was in isolation until Monday! They have said there is nothing to worry about!!! They are giving very little info even when asked directly. One nurse wanders in and out of the room without gown or gloves and told my sister "it's ok I won't be touching anything". If they are all that stupid how the hell are we supposed to improve conditions. I'd like to find a site with a list of hospitals where you can add your name if you know of a case of MRSA there. For all to view the number of entries each has.

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HCC report on our hospitals
Posted by Bev
Last Reply December 16, 2005 at 18:34
Started December 15, 2005 at 08:52
Two-thirds of hospitals are failing to meet the highest standards of
cleanliness, the results of spot-checks revealed today.
The Healthcare Commission inspected 99 NHS and private hospitals during
unannounced visits to prevent "late clean-up operations".
They found that a third - 33 hospitals - were achieving the highest standards
in cleanliness across the board.
But two-thirds of the hospitals visited were not achieving the highest
standards, with mental health hospitals performing particularly badly.
The commission chose the hospitals to inspect according to data identifying a
selection of apparently poor performers and some good performers.
The inspectors looked at medical equipment, beds, sinks, bedpans and toilets,
as well as checking for spillages, blood, general stains and dust.
The results showed that 33 hospitals fell in the top band 1 of the assessment
scoring, with cleanliness scores of between 91% and 100%.
A further 43 failed to perfor... read more

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MRSA Pertition
Posted by jewelz
Last Reply December 15, 2005 at 15:51
Started November 25, 2005 at 13:53
Sorry to start a new topic up but I posted and couldnt find my post. My daughter is 5 years old and has yet her whole life to live. During this she will get ill with coughs colds chest infections and so on. and have accidents and cuts and wounds just like any other child. You can wrap them up in cotton wool and stop them having fun and living life to the fullest.

She has now caught the bug MRSA from hospital after having 2 operations on her hips and I heard about this pertition going round and I for one would love to put both my name and hers down if it will help us all.

im jewelz lovelock from kent and my daughter is abbie sky lovelock from kent.

Not only did she catch the MRSA bug but another kinda bug on top of that. She was confinded in a cubical for 3 weeks.

Im happy to report she is well and healthy but she still has MRSA in her wound and I was told they cant get rid of it all.

I asked for a letter saying that she is 100% well and cured to go home now as they se... read more

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