Hospital clear of superbug
NO patients have contracted the MRSA superbug at the area's main hospital for more than 200 days.
Health bosses at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire say the breakthrough comes after they stepped up infection control measures.
They also credit the switch to the new £400 million superhospital with its higher proportion if single rooms the reduction in cases of the illness.
The trust has spent nearly £2 million on recruiting 65 assistants trained to battle superbugs and all patients are now screened for MRSA on arrival at the hospital.
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More than a decade ago, 100 cases a year used to be reported.
Chief executive Julia Bridgewater then vowed to eradicate the menace in the new hospital buildings.
She said last night: "People thought I was mad to say that but everyone at this trust believes in doing the right thing for our patients."