MDHUs and infection control?


Leading on from a previous thread about MRSA I wondered how parts of a hospital that are predominantly military fair, when it comes to infection control, in comparison to the civvy elements (though I realise that the both military and civilian staff mix so they are not sealed off from the rest of the hospital).
Given it is claimed that much infection is preventable if nurses and other medical staff were to wash their hands consistantly, have the ward cleaned properly and follow their own procedures, do military staff find they have better results in a more overtly disciplined environment?

Ps no direct criticism of the hard working staff who no doubt have issues regaurding resources and staffing etc. Just wondered if discipline was any better targeted at these aspects among the military staff?

Military Nursing and Medical staff work on wards!

Ordinary everyday wards, along side their civilian colleagues.

The contract cleaners or hospital employed ones are the same from ward to ward.

Apart from Operations (as in overseas tours, not knife to skin type) there are no seperate military hospitals.

therefore - infection rates are NHS rates, because it is 'civvi' wards that the staff work on


Although I'd gathered there were no more military hospitals here I'd not realised the military didn't run their own wings/wards exclusively.
Another small part of my general ignorance chipped away - soon I shall sculpted into actual knowledgeable person.
Much obliged, I am suitably enlightened.

There is ONE military hospital left in UK PLC

and thats

the Duke Of Connaugh Unit, Northern Ireland.

The rest are all MDHUs. and the only ward the mil run now is the latest addition to the family at RCDM B'Nam

All nursing staff scattered to different specialty areas within an MDHU gaining valuable and worthwhile experience...

... wiping arr$e for the NHS


Bedpan2zero said:
All nursing staff scattered to different specialty areas within an MDHU gaining valuable and worthwhile experience...

... wiping arr$e for the NHS

and i'm just starting to see just exactly how high morale is amongst the junior ranks, unbelievable.
ah morale, I remember that stuff, used to be big back in the 80s.

Yep, most certainly is !

The Under Secretary of State for Defence, Derek Twigg, yesterday visited Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham. During his visit he met military patients who are currently receiving treatment there, including those who have been wounded on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Defence Minister Derek Twigg finds out how Private Neil McCallion's hand was reconstructed by Plastic Surgeon Garth Titley at Selly Oak hospital
The military managed ward at Selly Oak - S4(M)- has now reached Initial Operating Capability. Military managers have been introduced at every level of the ward and its capability will continue to be enhanced.

Ward S4(M) consists of two six-bedded bays, with access to four additional side isolation rooms. It is part of the S4 trauma / orthopaedic ward at Selly Oak Hospital.

Military Ward Manager and her three military deputies have been appointed to deal with all aspects of the military presence on the ward. They work closely with their civilian counterparts and the 15 military nurses and 3 military health care assistants who have been allocated to the S4 ward.

Selly Oak Hospital is part of the University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust which, in partnership with the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine (RCDM), provides a referral centre for Service patients who have been aero-medically evacuated back to the UK and who need specialist care. Where it is clinically appropriate to do so, military patients at Selly Oak who need trauma / orthopaedic care are grouped together on ward S4(M). Preference will be given to allocating military patients to the ward, but where there is capacity civilian patients will also be treated.

Visiting staff and patients on the ward, Mr Twigg said:

“During my visit I was struck by the professionalism and dedication of all staff- civilian as well as military- who work so hard to provide injured Service personnel with world class treatment and support.

"Significant improvements have been made to the overall care and support for those injured on operations. I am convinced that they are receiving the best treatment possible, and this would not have been possible without the close support and resources of the NHS Trust.”

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