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MRSA is a bacterium that is resistant to some but not all antibiotics. Many people carry MRSA on their skin where it causes no harm - this is called colonisation. If the MRSA gets into a wound or into the bloodstream via a drip or catheter it can cause infection.

MRSA infections can be prevented by cleaning the skin before surgery or inserting  a drip, by hand hygiene and by making sure drips and lines are kept clean.

Click here to view the MRSA and MRSA Screening information leaflet

MRSA cases by year from 2005/06 to 2015/16

MRSA year totals 0506 to 1314


MRSA cases so far in 2016/17

In 2015/16 we have a target of no more than zero avoidable infections. To date (August 2016) we have had no cases of MRSA. In 2015-16, there was one case.