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MRSA Screening

MRSA Screening

Pre-operative M.R.S.A. screening

Information for patients undergoing MRSA screening before coming into hospital for a planned operation.

What is MRSA?

MRSA is a germ that usually lives on damp parts of the outside of your body like nose, armpits and groin. MRSA lives harmlessly on the skin of around 1 in 30 people. This is known as “colonisation” or “carrying” MRSA.

Having MRSA on your skin will not make you ill. But it may cause a serious infection if it gets deeper into your body especially if it gets into your blood through broken skin such as having an operation.

MRSA stands for Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus meaning the germ does not respond to ordinary antibiotics. It may be difficult to treat.

Why do we screen for MRSA?

MRSA Screening means testing to see if someone is carrying the MRSA germ on their skin.

By screening before your operation, we can find out who is carrying the germ and provide treatment for you before you are admitted to hospital to reduce the risk of you getting infection by MRSA.

How will I be screened?

This involves placing a cotton bud swab in and around your nose or on surfaces of your groin area for a few seconds. The swab/s is then sent to the laboratory for testing. The results usually take three to four working days.

What do I do If I am MRSA screening positive (Carry the MRSA germ on my skin)?

If screening finds MRSA on your skin, you may need treatment to remove it before your surgery. This is known as decolonisation.

This usually involves:

  • applying antibacterial cream inside your nose three times a day for five days
  • washing body and hair with an antibacterial shampoo every day for five days
  • changing your towel, clothes and bedding every day during treatment – the resulting laundry should be washed separately from other people’s and at a high temperature

You will then need to be re-swabbed to confirm that you are decolonised.

References

MRSA Information

NHS Information

Further Information 

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UK’s most prestigious Health District offering individualised care for those seeking something more tailor made for their health needs.

Our doctors

All specialists are consultants who hold appointments at UK’s Top University Hospitals and are the best experts in their fields.

APPOINTMENTS

We are based on 19 Harley Street London, UK’s most prestigious Health District. Providing the most exclusive care.

A Focus on High Quality Care

We specialise in exclusive health services for individuals seeking regenerative, non-surgical or minimally invasive treatments
We are fully Certified and Regulated by the Care Quality Commission

Top specialist

All our patients are seen by one of our top specialists and a consultation followed by a careful examination is performed at our exclusive clinic on Harley Street.

Multidisciplinary Care

Our specialists meet regularly and combine their respective experience and knowledge to give you the best results and treatment plan.

Health Screening and Rehabilitation

Non-surgical healing through shockwave, manipulation and naturopathy are available in our Natural Therapies department. We offer comprehensive Screening solutions.

Our Specialist Clinics

We are recognised leaders in Stem Cell treatments for spine, joint, cosmetic and gynaecology conditions. We also offer male enhancement surgery and advanced pain relief procedures.

State of the art Facilities

With the latest in 3D imaging technology, keyhole surgery and laser equipment.  We offer minimally invasive surgery under general anaesthesia, sedation or local anaesthetic.

Concierge and VIP facilities

We offer private personalised care for VIP’s. Our facilities are all supported by our dedicated team of caring, experienced and professional clinical staff.

Are you ready for a consultation?

Your consultation and treatment will be performed by a top accredited consultant.
Schedule your appointment now!

Our Hospital Services

We believe the heart of healthcare is service

Our mission is to provide Safe, Caring, Effective, Responsive and Well Led care focusing only on your needs.

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