HOSPITAL staff have been praised for their efforts to combat infections.
Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and Calderdale Royal Hospital have been hailed by Prof Brian Duerden, key speaker at a Showcase Hospital Conference at the Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield.
Prof Duerden, Inspector of Microbiology and Infection Control at the Department of Health, said it was good to see the Trust taking such a strong lead in the field – traditionally taken by the bigger, city hospitals.
He said: “It pleases me greatly that the Trust became a Showcase Hospital. It breaks the mould and shows it is not just teaching hospitals which can deliver innovation at this level and with such success.
“That is great credit to everybody, not just the infection control teams but all clinicians, all non-medical staff and management.”
But he added: “We cannot take our eye off this. There are still patients getting infections and every one of those is a disaster for the patient concerned so we have to keep up the pressure to avoid and prevent them.”
The Trust is one of eight Showcase Hospitals in the country.
Jean Robinson, the Trust’s lead infection control nurse, said: “ We are very proud to be at the forefront of developments which are such an important part of patient care.”