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Clostridium: Eastern Region

Volume 467: debated on Thursday 22 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of clostridium difficile there were in (a) Addenbrookes Hospital, (b) West Suffolk Hospital and (c) Ipswich Hospital in (i) 2005, (ii) 2006 and (iii) 2007 to date. (162587)

The mandatory surveillance system operated run by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) provides data on the number of reports of clostridium difficile (C. difficile) associated disease. All acute national health service trusts in England are obliged to report all cases of blood stream infections processed by their laboratories and the system does not record when or how the infection was acquired. The current HPA C. difficile associated disease data are therefore published at trust level.

Mandatory surveillance of C. difficile was introduced in 2004 for patients aged 65 and over to help assess the scale of the problem and concentrate attention on this infection. This has been extended to all patients aged two and over from April this year.

The figures for patients aged 65 and over for the trusts covering Addenbrookes hospital (Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust), West Suffolk hospital (West Suffolk Hospital NHS Trust) and Ipswich hospital (Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust) are shown in the following table.

NHS TrustFigures for C. difficile associated disease

2005

2006

January to June 2007

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

400

422

262

West Suffolk Hospital NHS Trust

442

378

194

Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust

347

483

283

Source: HPA data.

This information and any further information on the number of C. difficile infections for NHS Acute Trusts is available at:

www.hpa.org.uk/infections/topics_az/hai/Mandatory_ Results.htm