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 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.