Overseers' Clean Bill of Health for Women's Hospital

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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. …