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Six Hospital Patients Contract Bug Since April

Thursday September 26 2013


Barnsley Hospital Barnsley Hospital


SIX patients have contracted the infection clostridium difficile while being treated at Barnsley Hospital since April.

In the first quarter of this year - from April to June - there were six recorded cases of patients contracting the infection, known as 'C Diff' - one more than the quarterly target of five.

Clostridium Difficile is a type of bacterial infection that can affect the digestive system.

Chief nurse Heather McNair said frail and elderly patients are more susceptible, along with those who need strong antibiotics. The infection causes severe diarrhoea.

She said when a patient is diagnosed, they're kept in isolation because the infection is contagious.

Heather said antibiotics were only prescribed when needed and staff and visitors are asked to use sanitising hand gel to try and prevent the infection.

She said target has come down over the last three years.

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Reply Posted by cheryl fisher on Friday September 27 2013 at 00:33
I to had this bug when after my operation.
Its nasty nd i could hv died from it..
Its left me with poor health..

Reply Posted by clare taylor on Wednesday October 2 2013 at 22:07
went to a and e and there were 3 streaks of blood down the rails on the bed