DOCTORS at Barnsley Hospital have implemented a 'plan of action' to tackle infections in the orthopaedic department which occur after surgery.

The infections, known as Surgical Site Infections (SSIs), occur when a cut made by a surgeon becomes infected, usually by micro-organisms which multiply in the tissues.

The latest figures show across hip and knee replacements and repairs to the neck of the femur, there were a total of 12 infections following 818 operations.

From October 2011 to September 2012, there were more SSIs following hip and knee replacements than the national average, but fewer in repairs of the neck of the femur.

The infections often occur within 30 days of surgery and may cause redness, delayed healing, fever, pain or swelling.

Most can be treated with antibiotic medications - but sometimes additional surgery is required.