Bugs and infections

Infection control is the key priority at Barnsley Hospital. We are one of the best performers in the region for keeping infection rates low but we are not complacent and need the commitment of staff, patients and visitors to make sure we keep these rates as low as possible.

To ensure our infection rates remain low and that patient safety is kept at a high level we actively look out for the following infections (information from NHS Choices):

MRSA

MRSA is a type of bacterial infection that is resistant to a number of widely used antibiotics. This means it can be more difficult to treat than other bacterial infections, read more.

Viral gastroenteritis (Norovirus)

Gastroenteritis is an infection of the stomach and bowel. The most common symptoms are repeated episodes of diarrhoea (three or more episodes within the space of 24 hours) and vomiting, read more.

Clostridium difficile (C. diff)

Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) are bacteria that are present naturally in the gut of around two-thirds of children and 3% of adults, read more.

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