All patients undergoing surgery at Benenden are screened for MRSA. We are proud of our zero rate for MRSA blood stream infections and do all we can through this rigorous screening programme to maintain this excellent record. For Ophthalmology, Endoscopy and Day Case Radiology patients, only those who are at high risk of being positive for MRSA will be screened.
At Benenden Hospital we screen our patients for MRSA by swabbing their nose and armpits. This means that if a patient is positive for MRSA they can receive treatment before coming in for their surgical procedure, minimising their risk of developing an MRSA wound infection.
If you have been screened and are negative for MRSA within the three months before your procedure you need do nothing else. However, before you come into the hospital, it is vital that you telephone our Infection Control Lead on 01580 240 333 (extension 7286)
If you have:
- Been an inpatient at any other hospital, nursing home, residential or retirement home since having your screen.
- Been a regular visitor to any other hospital, nursing home, residential or retirement home since having your screen.
- Come into contact with MRSA.
- Been working in a healthcare setting
This will allow us to conduct appropriate further screening checks and avoid any delays to your treatment.