UHCW best in the country for fighting infections

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) is leading the way in fighting healthcare-associated infections like MRSA.

The Trust, which runs University Hospital in Coventry and the Hospital of St Cross in Rugby, received excellent results for 2015/16. When rates of all three healthcare-associated infections such as MRSA, MSSA and Clostridium difficile rates were combined, UHCW NHS Trust was the top large acute teaching trust in England.

The Mandatory Enhanced Surveillance System, (MESS), requires all Hospital Trusts to declare all positive results for three ‘alert organisms’ – MRSA, Clostridium difficile and MSSA. As well as topping the table for its peer group of large acute teaching hospitals, UHCW had the second best results of all hospital trusts in England, only pipped to the post by Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust.

In 2015/16, the Trust had no hospital-acquired cases of MRSA at all, and just 38 cases of Clostridium difficile over the whole year, maintaining its year-on-year reduction. This was four cases below the trajectory set for the Trust by NHS England.

Professor Mark Radford, Chief Nursing Officer, said:

“It’s important for our patients that they know we have a strong focus on cleanliness and preventing infections. Our community requires the best and I am pleased to say we have achieved very strong results.

“However, we are not complacent, and will be continuing our efforts to further reduce infections.”


Kate Prevc, Modern Matron for Infection Prevention and Control, said:

“These figures are extremely welcome. They demonstrate the hard work undertaken at UHCW to make our hospitals as clean and safe as possible for our patients.

“Our performance reflects the high level of commitment that our staff and those working with us have to ensure our patients are treated in the safest environment and to the highest standards.

“While these figures are really encouraging, every case of hospital-associated infection is one too many, and we continue to work to reduce our numbers of infections.”


‘Alert organisms’ are specified organisms of clinical interest. The Mandatory Enhanced Surveillance System (MESS) looks at MRSA, MSSA and Clostridium difficile.

Rates are calculated using NHS England bed occupancy data with standardised and combined MESS Trust-apportioned cases.