Trust receives unconditional registration from Care Quality Commission
Last updated 3-Apr-09 10:45
On 1 April 2009, it became a legal requirement for all trusts in England that provide NHS healthcare directly to patients to be registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC). To be registered, trusts had to ensure that they protect patients, workers and others from the known risks of acquiring a healthcare-associated infection (HCAI).
Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals achieved unconditional registration from the new regulator.
Terina Riches, Director of Nursing said: “This is great news for both our staff and patients. Infection Control is our number one priority and I would like to reassure people that it is our aim to make our hospitals even safer and cleaner places for our staff, patients and visitors.
The unconditional registration also demonstrates the huge progress we have made in the last 18months. The Trust would like to say ‘thank you’ to all staff for the efforts they’ve shown so far in achieving the new, lower infection rates.”
From April 2008 to March 2009 the Trust has seen a 43% reduction in the number of MRSA bloodstream infections from 2007-08. The Trust has had 30 cases this year, 11 of which were acquired in the community and 19 in the hospital. Similarly there has been a 63% reduction in the number of Clostridium difficile infections from the same position last year.
For further information contact Marcia McKnight on 020 8375 2578 or 0778 698 1099