Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Curbs on Hospital Visits in Bid to Beat Superbugs

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Curbs on Hospital Visits in Bid to Beat Superbugs

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Byline: AMY IGGULDEN

VISITING times could be restricted at a major London hospital as part ofa drive to cut superbug infections. St George's Healthcare NHS Trust in Tootingwants to limit visitors to stop the spread of germs and make cleaning andmanaging mealtimes easier. It comes only days after the trust slipped from"good" to "fair" in a survey on service quality in the annual report by theHealthcare Commission, the national health watchdog.

The commission criticised St George's for failing standards on infectioncontrol. The trust was among the one in four to be criticised. The issue hitthe headlines after at least 90 patients were found to have died due to the bugClostridium difficile at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells trust. Bosses at StGeorge's say they are on target to cut hospital bug rates after creating aninfection taskforce and screening all elective surgery patients for MRSA.

A poll of more than 700 staff showed they wanted to limit visiting hours tobetween 3pm and 8pm. …

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