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MRSA Swab Testing

Getting tested for MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) before a hospital visit is important for several reasons:

Prevention of Spread: MRSA is a type of bacteria that is resistant to many antibiotics, making it difficult to treat. Hospitals are particularly vulnerable to MRSA outbreaks due to the close proximity of patients, healthcare workers, and visitors.

Testing for MRSA before admission helps prevent its spread within the hospital environment.

Protection of Vulnerable Patients: Some patients, such as those undergoing surgery, chemotherapy, or with weakened immune systems, are at higher risk of MRSA infections. Identifying MRSA carriers before they come into contact with these vulnerable individuals helps protect them from potential infection.

Optimisation of Treatment: If MRSA is detected in a patient before admission to the hospital, healthcare providers can take appropriate precautions to minimise the risk of transmission and optimise treatment plans. This may include prescribing alternative antibiotics or implementing infection control measures.

Reduction of Healthcare Costs: MRSA infections can lead to longer hospital stays, increased healthcare costs, and higher mortality rates. By identifying MRSA carriers before admission, hospitals can take proactive measures to prevent infections, ultimately reducing the economic burden associated with treating MRSA.

Community Protection: Identifying MRSA carriers before admission to the hospital can also help prevent the spread of MRSA within the community. Patients who are carriers can be educated about infection control measures to minimise the risk of transmitting the bacteria to others in their household or community.

Overall, getting tested for MRSA before a hospital visit is a proactive measure that helps protect both patients and healthcare workers from the potential consequences of MRSA infections.

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Many hospitals require patients have an MRSA swab prior to a planned operation/visit

One of our HCPC registered skilled clinicians will perform an oral MRSA swab, the appointment takes 15 minutes.

The sample is sent to our lab and you receive results by email within 1-2 days. 

Our clinic is based in Ilkley, LS29 9EH.

Price £71.60

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