New claims over hospital cleanliness

A MOTHER who gave birth to her daughter at Ipswich Hospital has spoken of her concerns about the standard of cleanliness at the facility.Jaylin Kidds, 23, from Hitcham, near Stowmarket, spoke out after hearing about the tragic death of two-day-old Luke Day, who contracted methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) after his birth at the hospital.

By John Howard

A MOTHER who gave birth to her daughter at Ipswich Hospital has spoken of her concerns about the standard of cleanliness at the facility.

Jaylin Kidds, 23, from Hitcham, near Stowmarket, spoke out after hearing about the tragic death of two-day-old Luke Day, who contracted methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) after his birth at the hospital.

Over the past few days, national newspapers have claimed the hospital is still plagued by MRSA, six weeks after baby Luke became the youngest victim of the superbug in Britain.


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Bosses at the hospital have insisted they are doing all they can to tackle MRSA. But national papers, using their own experts, claimed to have found levels of bacteria many times higher than acceptable limits - including on ward doors, in corridors and on patient's toilets and telephones.

Miss Kidds, who gave birth to daughter Antonia at the hospital last year, said: "There is not even the basic cleanliness in that hospital that I would have in my own house.

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"I had a, thankfully healthy, baby girl. But I was appalled by the lack of cleanliness both on the ward and in the bathrooms.

"Behind and under my bed was covered in fluff and obviously hadn't seen a vacuum or a mop for weeks.

"The bathrooms were dirty and there was blood left in the toilets - in the corner of the floors there were patches of what looked like dried rusty water where they hadn't been cleaned properly.

"I had to stay overnight with my daughter and the following morning when I was sitting in bed with her a cleaner came in to the ward I was staying, with one of the automatic industrial cleaners.

"He went in a straight line from the door to the end of the ward, paying no attention to anywhere else, such as around or under the beds."

A spokeswoman for Ipswich Hospital encouraged anyone with concerns to contact staff immediately.

She added: "We strive for the very highest level of cleanliness. We do need people to let us know when things are wrong. It's a partnership."

Following the death of 36-hour-old Luke, whose parents live in Woodbridge, the EADT launched a campaign to Stamp Out MRSA, calling on the Government to clean up our hospitals.

The EADT is asking readers to sign a petition to force the Government and health bosses to commit to five key pledges.

These include increasing the number of cleaning staff in hospitals, swab-testing people for MRSA prior to admittance and reducing the number of cases in our hospitals.

The remaining two commitments are enforcing compulsory hand-washing for visitors and staff alike and enforcing higher general levels of cleaning on wards.

To show your support, fill out the coupon and sent it to Stamp Out MRSA, East Anglian Daily Times newsdesk, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 1AN.

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