Latest Maidstone Hospital Stories

2008-10-06 00:00:36

By Robert Verkaik LAW EDITOR * NHS chiefs could face jail if they ignore warnings to cut risk of superbug infections DIRECTORS OF hospitals where patients have died from superbug infections because of failures by senior management will be prosecuted under new manslaughter laws, ministers have told NHS chiefs. The warning follows a number of high-profile investigations into MRSA and other superbug deaths which have failed to lead to any charges. Under tough new manslaughter laws which...

2008-09-05 12:00:39

HOSPITAL-acquired infections (HAIs) continue to take a toll in Scotland. A ward at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley has been closed to new admissions after the clostridium difficile (C Diff) bacterium contributed to the death of a patient last week and infections in seven others. The outbreak occurred over four weeks and came after C Diff was contracted by 55 patients at Vale of Leven Hospital between December 2007 and June this year. In that outbreak, 18 patients died as a result of...

2008-08-29 18:00:39

PENSIONER Doreen Ford was one of more than 90 patients who died after contracting C.diff during Britain's worst ever outbreak. She caught the bug at Maidstone Hospital two years ago while having chemotherapy for her breast cancer. The 77-year-old was put in an isolation ward and given antibiotics - but the infection proved resilient. Doreen spent the next six weeks in and out of hospital before being readmitted and dying of septicaemia. A report later found a string of failures...

2008-06-17 00:00:30

ANOTHER patient at a superbug-hit Scots hospital has died. The victim was infected with clostridium difficile, known as C diff, although health chiefs said it wasn't the main cause of death. The Vale of Leven Hospital patient has not been named. They died last Friday, the day after doctors discovered the infection. A spokesman for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said: "This patient was seriously ill from an unrelated condition and C diff was not the main cause of death. "Three patients...

Word of the Day
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'