New doctor will tackle hospital diseases

A SPECIALIST infection control ward at Ipswich Hospital has appointed a top doctor to tackle diseases.Dr Monica Bose, a consultant gastroenterologist, has joined the team at the hospital's Framlingham Ward where she will work towards reducing the number of cases of MRSA and Clostridium Difficile (C-diff).

A SPECIALIST infection control ward at Ipswich Hospital has appointed a top doctor to tackle diseases.

Dr Monica Bose, a consultant gastroenterologist, has joined the team at the hospital's Framlingham Ward where she will work towards reducing the number of cases of MRSA and Clostridium Difficile (C-diff).

The move comes after the 21-bed ward was opened in October in an effort to reduce the problem of infections at the hospital which had seen high numbers of people contracting both MRSA and C-diff in the past.

Dr Bose, who has worked at the hospital for more than two years, said: "I am delighted to take a more prominent role in the hospital's fight against infections.

"Framlingham Ward is already working to reduce cases and I look forward to building on that to reach our goal of being infection free."

Latest figures show that in December the hospital reported two cases of MRSA against a target of no more than two.

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Gwen Collins, director of infection prevention and control, said: "Although we are performing well, every case we have is one case too many.

"It is an on-going and challenging battle for us to get to being infection free - which is what we strive for - but the public deserve every effort we can make.

"I'm confident Dr Bose's new role will make a significant difference as for the first time we have a doctor to support the ward."

Is the hospital doing enough to tackle infections? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.