Spe­cial sta­tus for hospi­tal team

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others - By Laerke Chris­tensen

A hospi­tal team’s use of new equip­ment has paid off as the mi­cro­bi­ol­ogy ser­vice at the Wil­liam Har­vey has been awarded spe­cial­ist sta­tus.

East Kent Hos­pi­tals Univer­sity NHS Foun­da­tion Trust is one of only five trusts in the coun­try to win the sta­tus.

The ser­vice has been recog­nised for its use of new equip­ment to iden­tify fungi in min­utes rather than days.

Not only does this make the process quicker, but will save the trust more than £75,000 a year.

Dr Matthew Strutt said time is of the essence when iden­ti­fy­ing po­ten­tially harm­ful mi­crobes.

He said: “We’re mak­ing our hos­pi­tals safer, and mak­ing life so much bet­ter for our pa­tients.”

The clin­i­cal mi­cro­bi­ol­ogy team at East Kent Hos­pi­tals Univer­sity NHS Foun­da­tion Trust

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