Warrington and Halton Hospitals

Hospital infection


We understand that many patients are concerned about hospital acquired infections such as MRSA and C-difficile (C.diff) when they come into hospital.

At Warrington and Halton hospitals, infection control is one of our key priorities and the numbers of infections at our hospitals has reduced by over 90% in the last three years. Last year we had the lowest rate of infections per hospital bed day amongst hospital of our kind in the North West region.

We publish our infection figures each month at our trust board meeting.


Latest information

MRSA rates - latest information

This year (2016-2017)

So far this year (since April 2016) there has been 0 cases of hospital acquired MRSA bloodstream bacteraemia at the hospitals (updated July 2016). Our target for the year is to have 0 cases in total.

Previous years

  • In 2015 to 2016 there was 2 cases
  • In 2014 to 2015 there were 3 cases
  • In 2013 to 2014 there were 3 cases
  • In 2012 to 2013 there was 1 case
  • In 2011 to 2012 there were 5 cases
  • In 2010 to 2011 there were 5 cases
  • In 2009 to 2010 there were 4 cases
  • In 2008 to 2009 there were 9 cases
  • In 2007 to 2008 there were 10 cases
  • In 2006 to 2007 there were 33 cases.

Our surgical unit at Halton General Hospital has had no cases of MRSA over the last eight years.

Patients coming for planned surgery across both of the hospitals are screened in advance to see if they carry MRSA on the skin. Around 3 in 100 people carry MRSA in this way. By identifying this in advance we can take steps to minimise the chances of it causing problems if you are having surgery.


Clostridium difficile - latest information

Clostridium difficile (C.diff) is a more common infection that is primarily caused by use of antibiotics which, whilst treating the condition they are prescribed for, can upset the balance of this bacterium in the bowels. It can be treated and we have a specialist cohort ward at Warrington Hospital providing care to patients with infection of this kind where they receive the expert nursing, pharmacy and dietary support they require to help them recover.

This year (2016-2017)

So far this year (since April 2016) there have been 0 cases of hospital acquired C.diff at the trust's hospitals (updated July 2016). Our nationally set threshold for a trust of our size is to have no more than 27 cases over the year.

Previous years

  • In 2015 to 2016 there was 33 cases
  • In 2014 to 2015 there were 31 cases
  • In 2013 to 2014 there were 31 cases
  • In 2012 to 2013 there were 19 cases
  • In 2011 to 2012 there were 38 cases
  • In 2010 to 2011 there were 65 cases
  • In 2009 to 2010 there were 114 cases
  • In 2008 to 2009 there were 116 cases
  • In 2007 to 2008 there were 373 cases.

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