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Screening our patients for MRSA

MRSA – or meticillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus – is a common bacterial infection which around one in three people have on their skin. In most cases it is harmless and you won’t know you have it.

MRSA is a potential problem in hospitals because there is an increased risk that it will get into a wound or the blood, and this may cause an infection. Because it is resistant to many antibiotics, it is difficult to treat.

What's the standard?

We are expected to screen 95% of patients coming into hospital, whether their admission is planned or unexpected.

This is so we can offer treatment to patients with MRSA that will reduce the risk of infections.

How are we doing?

Our recent performance:

  • December 2019 – 88.6% of patients screened for MRSA
  • November – 87.8%
  • October – 88.3%.

We are working hard to improve the number of patients screened for MRSA.

How you can help us

If you have previously been identified as having MRSA, or have been in close contact with some one who has, please tell our staff before you come into hospital or when you are admitted. This allows us to provide the best possible care for you.

Help prevent infection – wash your hands

  • Infection prevention – video transcript

    At Guy's and St Thomas' we take infection control very seriously.

    We do not want any of our patients to get a hospital acquired infection needlessly.

    In hospital everybody needs to adopt good hand hygiene practice, that includes you the patient, visitors and all of the staff, the nursing staff, doctors, everybody.

    We would encourage everybody that visits the ward to use the gel as they walk in and as they leave.

    We expect all of our staff, wherever they are, to wash their hands before they come in contact with you, and to wash their hands after they've finished caring for you.

    If you feel that you need to ask our nurses or our doctors or our therapists to wash their hands, then please do not hesitate to do so.


Washing your hands can also reduce your risk of getting this infection. Please wash your hands after using the toilet and before eating or drinking, and encourage your visitors to do the same.

Even if they look clean, your hands can still carry many germs. That's why cleaning hands regularly is so important.

Find out more

For more information, see the NHS website.

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of our patients were screened for MRSA in December 2019.

Page last updated: February 4 2020