Clostridium Difficile

Health written question – answered on 21st March 2007.

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Photo of Lindsay Hoyle Lindsay Hoyle Labour, Chorley

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people contracted clostridium difficile from hospitals in Lancashire in each of the last five years.

Photo of Caroline Flint Caroline Flint Minister of State (Department of Health) (Public Health)

The information is not available as requested. The Health Protection Agency (HPA) receives reports from microbiology laboratories of cases of Clostridium difficile associated disease (CDAD) under the mandatory surveillance scheme. All acute NHS trusts in England are obliged to report all cases of CDAD in patients aged 65 years and over.

The infections included in the table may not all have been contracted in hospitals in Lancashire. This is because the protocol asks trusts to report all positive samples detected in their laboratories, including samples sent to that acute trust from community hospitals, primary care trust hospitals, general practitioners, nursing homes and other NHS-run health care facilities.

Mandatory surveillance began in January 2004 and the figures for 2004 and 2005 are shown in the table and on the HPA's website at:

Quarterly publication of mandatory surveillance data for CDAO started on 30 January 2007 and data for January to September 2006 is available on the HPA website:

Number of reported Clostridium difficile cases
Trust January 2004 to December 2004 January 2005 to December 2005
Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre 352 389
East Lancashire Hospitals 220 152
Lancashire Teaching Hospitals 279 271
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital 98 107
University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay (Morecambe Bay Hospitals) 80 180


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