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East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust: Clostridium

Volume 467: debated on Thursday 22 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have (a) contracted and (b) died from clostridium difficile at East Sussex NHS Trust hospitals in the last 10 years. (165309)

The information requested is not available in the format requested.

The best available data on the number of reports of Clostridium difficile infections are for patients aged 65 and over and come from the mandatory surveillance scheme run by the Health Protection Agency. The following table shows data for East Sussex Hospital NHS Trust from January 2004 to June 2007.

Number of C. difficile reports for patients aged 65 years and over

January to December 2004

393

January to December 2005

387

January to December 2006

374

January to June 2007

128

Source:

Health Protection Agency—provisional data.

It is not possible to identify where the infection was acquired.