Patients enrolled in superbug battle

IPSWICH Hospital is asking for patients to help it tackle a superbug today.

IPSWICH Hospital is asking for patients to help it tackle a superbug today.

The hospital has failed to hit targets for reducing the number of cases of the infection clostridium difficile (c-diff), so has launched a small-screen project to crackdown on the problem.

It is producing an unscripted film focusing on patients, relatives, visitors and staff who have had experiences with the hospital acquired infection.

It is hoped the film will help identify what the hospital is doing right and where it needs to improve on patient care. It can then be used for training and education.

Sarah Higson, patient and public Involvement lead at the hospital, said: “By recording how each person involved in a patient's stay feels at each part of their journey we can create a shared understanding of the impact of infections and identify learning points where we can improve.”

The hospital is not just looking for patients who have had an infection, but their visitors and relatives who can tell the story from a different perspective. The team wants to hear from people who have had both good and bad experiences at the hospital.

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The participants will be filmed by a small film crew. They do not need to have experience of talking on camera - support and help will be provided.

If you would like to get involved, or find out more information, contact Sarah Higson on 01473 704769.

What should be done to tackle c-diff? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN or e-mail