Betsi Cadwaladr hospital infection rates ‘too high’

Major improvements are needed at north Wales’ three main hospitals to reduce the risk of infection, a report has found.

Gill Harris, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board’s (BCUHB) executive director of nursing and midwifery, said targets for 2016-17 were missed.

This was despite a 25% drop in Clostridium difficile (C. diff) cases and a 9% fall in MRSA cases.

The health board has hospitals in Wrexham, Bangor and Bodelwyddan.

In her report, Ms Harris said: “Rates of infection in BCUHB remain too high and the health board is committed to protecting people from infections.

“Improvements are needed across a wide range of key clinical practice standards, including the care of invasive devices and antimicrobial prescribing, and the focus of work within BCUHB is on these aspects of care.”

Article from BBC news, 17 July 2017