WORK which has eradicated the MRSA superbug from wards in Andover and Winchester is making headlines around the healthcare world.

The boss of the Winchester and Eastleigh Healthcare NHS Trust, Martin Wakeley, speaking at the trust board's meeting, said the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester and the Andover War Memorial Hospital were probably unique' among UK hospitals in having no new cases of the superbug this year.

The trust has been contacted by other hospitals in the UK and around the world for advice on how they can replicate its success in stopping suerbugs.

He added: "We haven't had any cases of hospital-acquired MRSA since December, which is a significant achievement and a reflection of having a zero-tolerance approach.

"We have changed clinical procedures and now have regular hygiene audits - the culture of the organisation has been transformed."

Mr Wakeley said cases of RC Difficile were heading in the same positive direction.