A Midland hospital trust has unveiled plans to build a state-of-the-art superbug isolation ward, where patients with MRSA and clostridium difficile will be treated.
Work on the £500,000 ward, which will comprise 12 to 14 single rooms with en suite bathrooms, will start at City Hospital next summer.
The site already has a dedicated MRSA ward as well as a unit of single bedrooms, and a third ward will be created from an existing medical ward of 24 beds.
Plans for the new superbug side ward and a £1 million deep cleaning programme will be presented to Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals trust board today.
John Adler, the trust's chief executive, said: "Work won't start until after April, probably during the summer which is a relatively quiet time as we would be taking a ward out of commission.
"The shortfall in beds will be made up elsewhere in the hospital, so we won't be losing any medical beds.
"I think it will be quite a flexible arrangement, so we don't want to say it's just for MRSA positive patients or those with C diff, but it will enable us to cut our infection rates even further."
The new unit, set to be completed by the end of 2008, will be boosted by a £968,000 windfall from surpluses held by primary care trusts and the strategic health authority.
The Government asked trusts to release their spare cash for investment in local projects in several areas, including infection control and cleanliness standards.
This has enabled the trust to plough ahead with the £1 million deep clean strategy "which is something we've wanted to do for some time" said Mr Adler.
All wards will be deep cleaned over four or five days, with patients "in situ" and all equipment is to be cleaned daily by a teams of agency workers "controlled by direct supervision" at a cost of £225,000.
A discharge cleaning team will also be appointed to clean all beds, lockers, chairs and tables after patients have been discharged from the ward.
Mr Adler added: "This is money we didn't expect, so it has enabled us to bring this programme forward, and we hope it have it in place by next December. We've brought MRSA rates down considerably in the past 12 months."