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
|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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