Our clinical audit shows that we are a low-risk service and that we could discontinue our current screening practices. However, we are committed to working with the Cornish health community to reduce the spread of hospital-based infections, including MRSA. Probus Surgical Centre prides itself on its standards of hygiene and strict infection control procedures, which result in one of the lowest infection rates in the UK.
Working with the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Directors of Infection Prevention and Control Group, we have identified the following patient groups who are considered more at risk from MRSA. Accordingly the patient groups that will required to be routinely screened for MRSA prior to undergoing surgery are:
Work in healthcare
A carer in the community
Live in a care home
To the best of your knowledge have previously been found to be MRSA positive.
Recent hospital admission (in the last 3 months)
Currently undergoing chemotherapy for cancer
The above patient groups will be routinely screened prior to surgical intervention. If a positive result is reported, suppression therapy will be initiated prior to surgery.
NB: Patients who are referred for cataract surgery or other procedures are not required to undertake routine MRSA screening.
For more information regarding MRSA screening please visit the NHS Choice website below. http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/MRSA/Pages/MRSAscreeningwhattoexpect.aspx
Our patient procedure appointment letters inform patients that they need to let us know us if they fall within one of the categories listed below that they will need to be screened for MRSA prior to their operation and we send them a MRSA pack and information for them to complete and take to their local GP surgery.
• Work in healthcare
• A carer in the community
• Live in a care home
• To the best of your knowledge have previously been found to be MRSA positive.
• Recent hospital admission (in the last 3 months)
• Currently undergoing chemotherapy for cancer
If a patient has a positive test result simply requires a 5 day course of treatment.