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MRSA ads screened in GP waiting rooms

By Nigel Praities

Patients are being encouraged to attend appointments for MRSA testing in a Government awareness campaign in GP surgeries.

Several adverts are being screened on the Life Channel in waiting rooms, providing information on the MRSA screening scheme and encouraging patients to be tested before having surgery.

MRSA screening before planned surgery was launched this month, with GPs in areas with pilot schemes already warning of a significant hike in workload in managing resistant bacterial infections with scant remuneration.

These new materials from the Department of Health are likely to increase patient interest in the scheme and pile pressure on already stretched practices.

One advert features an elderly lady tested and treated for MRSA by her GP before having hip replacement surgery going into hospital.

'You read such things about germs like MRSA. But before I had my operation my GP tested me for MRSA. I said "You won't find any germs on me." But do you know? She did,' she says.

Information leaflets accompanying the adverts give more details regarding the scheme, saying patients will be swabbed by nurses as part of normal pre-operative checks and they should wait between three to five days for a result.

‘If you are found to be carrying MRSA on your skin or in your nose you will be contacted by the hospital or your GP … a doctor or nurse will let you now what you need to do next,' it reads.

The MRSA screening commercial

Click here to watch the video 'Annie and Trevor' produced by the Life Channel for the DH.

MRSA campaign: ads urge patients to contact their GP MRSA campaign: ads urge patients to contact their GP

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