Buller Health staff affected by MRSA

Friday 14 September 2018Media release2 minutes to read

Clinical staff who usually work in Foote Ward, Buller Health have been affected by MRSA – Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus. MRSA can be spread from person to person by direct physical contact, through contact with a contaminated surface, and via infected droplets in a cough or sneeze.

As its name suggests, it is resistant to some antibiotics, however, it is still treatable. More information on MRSA is available – here and here.

West Coast DHB is following standard infection prevention and control measures to manage this situation. This includes undertaking a ‘deep clinical clean' and introducing barrier nursing, which means some staff will be wearing more personal protective equipment such as gowns, gloves, masks and aprons as a precaution.

We're asking the public to limit visits to the hospital as much as possible. Any visits should be discussed with the staff caring for your loved one.

Importantly, all visitors to the hospital should use the alcohol-based hand rub in the reception area before they enter clinical areas and when they leave.

People should still seek health advice as per usual. In an emergency call 111. After hours remember that free health advice is available 24/7 from the nurses at Healthline phone 0800 611 116.

Note: Buller Medical, the general practice is not affected and patients will continue to be seen as per usual.

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