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.
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.
January to June 2007
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
West Suffolk Hospital NHS Trust
Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust
Source: HPA data.
This information and any further information on the number of C. difficile infections for NHS Acute Trusts is available at: