MIXED FORTUNES IN SUPERBUG BATTLE; Womens Hospital Leads in MRSA Fight

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Byline: HELEN CLARKE

MERSEYSIDE hospitals battling with the superbug MRSA show mixed results in this year's infection league tables Yesterday's figures revealed the extent of the superbug misery plaguing the region's hospitals.

They revealed some hospitals are making headway in cutting infections but others had got worse since the last set of figures were published in December.

The figures, covering April 2003 to March 2004, were compiled by the Department of Health and the Health Protection Agency.

They showed overall infections from MRSA have surged across Britain from 7, 384 in 2002/3 to 7, 647 in 2003/4.

The league tables are put into three categories general, single speciality and specialist hospitals and class trusts on number of MRSA per 1, 000 overnight stays by patients in hospitals.

Liverpool Women's Hospital (LWH) was named as the best speciality trust in the country for having a low rate of the superbug.

Meanwhile among the general acute hospitals, Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust fared the best of its type in Merseyside was the joint second best in the country. The best was HerefordHospitals NHS Trusts, with a rate of 0. 04.

Aintree University Hospitals NHS Trust also made progress and improved significantly scoring an infection rate of 0. 16 compared to the previous year's rate of 0. 20.

But Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen Hospitals University NHS Trust (RLBHUT) did worse than it did last year with a rate of 0. 22 -- the worst in Merseyside.

In addition, the rate of infection at Cardiothoracic Centre (CTC) at Broadgreen meant it was named the worst single speciality hospital in the country. It had a rate of 0. 28 an increase from last year when its rate was 0. 16.

Both Moorfield Eye Hospital and Birmingham Women's Healthcare NHS Trust were at the top of the table. …