Mrsa | Royal Berkshire Hospital Is Beating MRSA


Royal Berkshire Hospital (RBH) is one of just 25 hospitals that has been free of MRSA for the past 12 months, according to recent figures published by the Department of Health.

However, getreading can reveal RBH has been free of the infection for more than 16 months thanks to the hospital’s zero tolerance approach to superbugs.

The policy was introduced in the hospital around 18 months ago and was promoted by Andrew Lansley’s first speech as Health Secretary in June, last year.

Mr Lansley singled out RBH’s commitment to tackling the bacteria and said: “If they can do it, so can others.”

As part of the hospital’s regime, all patients are tested for MRSA a few days before they are due to go to the hospital. If they test positive they are sent some special washing lotion that will kill off the bacteria.


Large signs around the hospital remind visitors and staff that they must regularly clean their hands with sanitising gel as they enter and leave clinical areas.

All staff are taught how to properly clean their hands and there are regular tests using a special machine that will show if they are cleaning their hands correctly.

Staff must also abide by the ‘bare below the elbow rule’, which means any staff who enter clinical areas must not have any clothing or jewellery below their elbows to avoid contamination and to ensure that they clean their hands properly.

Clinical areas and wards are also closed for around three days at least once a year for deep cleans. This year the RBH has introduced “deep


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