BUG inspectors have carried out on-the-spot checks at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary as part of a surprise visit.
Three officials from health watchdog The Healthcare Commission descended on the hospital in September under a new national code to improve infection rates.
HRI was one of 87 hospitals chosen in the first wave of unannounced checks under the Hygiene Code to help hospitals control infections including MRSA and Clostridium difficile.
Inspectors toured the hospital, examined its infection control policy and interviewed staff about how they are combating bugs.
The officials have powers to serve notices on those hospitals showing serious errors, forcing them to clean up their acts immediately.
At HRI, no such notices were served and health bosses must now wait for the results to be published next month.
Helen Thomson, deputy chief executive of Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust, which runs HRI, said: “The unannounced visit of the Healthcare Commission gave this Trust the opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to infection control in all areas.
“We were able to give them a tour of key patient areas and they were the given the opportunity to talk to our staff and to see for themselves how our medical and cleaning teams combine on the frontline to keep standards high for our patients.
“When their report comes back to us we will take the opportunity to see where any further improvements can be made.”
Hospital trusts were selected on the grounds of risk, using a range of information including rates of infection, complaints made to the Commission and information from surveys of patients.
A further 33 hospitals will be inspected by April 2008.
Anna Walker, chief executive at the Healthcare Commission, said: “We recognise that patients are genuinely frightened of catching a superbug in hospital.
“Although most patients receive safe and effective care in the NHS, the risk of suffering an infection is higher than it should be.
“I want to reassure patients that improving infection control is at the very top of our agenda. We are already out there checking trusts and, from next year, we will check every single hospital trust every year to ensure that everything possible is being done to protect patients and the public from healthcare-associated infections.
“We will not hesitate to use our powers under the Hygiene Code or through investigations to require trusts to make immediate improvements in their infection control practices if necessary.”