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Infection prevention

Infection control rates

At MTW we promise to keep you as safe as possible from avoidable infections. As part of that promise, we publish information about Clostridium difficile, MSSA and MRSA bloodstream infections at our hospitals on a weekly basis. By necessity, the infection rates refer to any cases we have seen the previous week.

We understand that hospital infections are a serious concern to patients who want to be reassured that we are doing our best to protect them. Our hospitals follow national best practice to ensure any patient who develops an infection is appropriately nursed and cared for. We do this for the patient’s own wellbeing and to protect other patients.

You can help us prevent avoidable infections by cleaning your hands when you enter and leave our wards. By working together, we can make our hospitals some of the safest in the country.

If you have any questions about infection prevention, please ask a member of staff in our hospitals or contact our infection prevention team on 01622 227210.

Monthly infection control figures

Figures from April 16 – March

Tunbridge Wells Hospital

  • C.difficile – 16
  • E.Coli – 28
  • MSSA – 19
  • MRSA – 1

Maidstone Hospital

  • C.difficile – 12
  • E.Coli – 33
  • MSSA – 8
  • MRSA – 0


Norovirus is a frequent cause of diarrhoea and vomiting in the community and is most common during the winter, but can occur at any time of the year.

This virus lasts 2-3 days and the person will have diarrhoea and/or vomiting. Some people may have a raised temperature, headaches and aching limbs. The illness is usually mild in nature and gets better without any medication.

However, the virus can spread very easily in the hospital due to close contact between patients and staff. Large numbers of patients and staff can be involved and it is important to stop the illness spreading around the hospital and to relatives and friends. In the hospital we use standard infection prevention precautions, including wearing gloves and aprons, to do this. Sometimes we have to close a ward to new admissions in order to prevent spread to other patients.

When norovirus is seen on a ward, visitors are restricted in order to reduce or prevent further spread of the infection.

In general, all visitors should wash their hands thoroughly both before and after visiting, and those who are unwell or suffering from diarrhoea and vomiting themselves should not visit until they have been symptom free for 48 hrs. 

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