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Anti-MRSA isolation wards planned
The trust said it had halved its MRSA rate in the past 18 months
A Birmingham hospital is to spend 500,000 on up to 14 isolation wards to tackle MRSA.

Managers at City Hospital said it had halved its MRSA rate in the past 18 months but was determined not to become "complacent" about the threat.

Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust said it currently had 36 MRSA cases in the past 12 months.

A spokeswoman for the trust said the wards would help stop the spread of the infection in its wards.

She added: "If you go to visit someone in hospital and you have to go through a barrier to get to them you're more likely to be thinking about hygiene than if you're walking into an open plan ward."

Work on the wards will begin next summer and should be completed by the end of 2008, she added.

The hospital has also spent 1.5m on deep cleaning its existing wards in the past year .

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