A Birmingham hospital with exceptional superbug rates was today receiving a glowing report from overseeing body the Healthcare Commission on its cleanliness.
Birmingham Women’s Hospital has been given a clean bill of health by the Healthcare Commission following an unannounced spot check by inspectors in December.
The foundation Trust, based off Metchley Park Road, in Edgbaston, is one of only a handful throughout the country which passed the inspection with flying colours.
It is one of the leading lights in the NHS for infection control as it has had no cases of MRSA bacteria sinch June 2003, no cases of Clostridium difficile(C.diff) for more than five years and scored ‘excellent’ for cleanliness in the Patient Experience PEAT surveys.
Julie Burgess, chief executive of Birmingham Women’s Hospital, said: “This is a fantastic achievement by everyone who works at this hospital. The unannounced Healthcare Commission inspection on December 30 and 31 was extremely thorough.
“The inspectors visited wards, talked to staff and took away reams of information on the trust’s policies and procedures. It was an extremely rigorous process.
The trust is proud of its infection control record.”
The report was today being published on the Healthcare Commission website.
Christine Braithwaite, head of the inspection programme on healthcare-associated infection at Healthcare Commission, said: “Our visit was unannounced so we could see the hospital as a patient or visitor would. We looked at a number of duties of the hygiene code and I’m pleased to say that we did not identify any breaches. We encourage staff to maintain this vigilance and to keep up the focus on infection control. Continued careful compliance with the hygiene code helps to minimise the risks of healthcare-associated infection. This is an extremely important issue. Patients need to know that everything possible is being done to protect them.”