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Fight Against Infection - The Telegraph

Released on - 12/04/2021

Fight Against Infection - The Telegraph

Today’s Daily Telegraph has published our call for greater prioritisation to be given to SSI on its letters page this morning both in print and online. AfPP is proud to be the lead signatory on the letter.

Thank you to everyone who signed the letter and supported the campaign. 


SIR – Surgical site infections (in the incision created by an invasive surgical procedure) are among the most common forms of healthcare associated infection, and have been neglected by governments for too long. It is incumbent on this Government, as it rebuilds our health service in the aftermath of the Covid pandemic, to put minimising the risk of surgical site infection at the heart of its strategy.

These infections have a devastating impact on patients, their families and the NHS. One in 20 patients undergoing a surgical procedure contracts a surgical site infection, which are estimated to cost between £10,000 and £100,000 per patient. Every infected patient represents a step back in the fight against antimicrobial resistance. With budgets already at breaking point, we should do all we can to avoid the financial burden of surgical site infections, many of which are preventable.

As the NHS starts clearing the backlog in elective care operations, each nation of the UK must act expeditiously to minimise the prevalence and impact of surgical site infections.

The pandemic has shown the incredible feats that can be achieved when the NHS is given the resources and support it needs. We call on the Government to act now on behalf of patients, families and caregivers.

Dawn L Stott
CEO, Association for Perioperative Practice
Yasin Mohamad Shaikh
Surgical first assistant, Liverpool University Hospital
Sara Rodriguez-Sarkozi
Surgical care practitioner, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire
Peter Bobak
Orthopaedic consultant, Bradford Teaching Hospitals
Alison Davies
Student operating department practitioner, Royal Derby Hospital
Paula Clements
Theatre matron, Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
Julia Olszewska
Surgical care practitioner, Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Ndidi Chidume
Senior scrub practitioner, Whittington Hospital
Jacqueline Joy
Student operating department practitioner
Princess Alexandra Hospital
Sue Green
Operating department practitioner, East Suffolk and North Essex Foundation Trust
Jennifer Cuttell
Senior clinical educator, University Hospitals of Derby
Ibrahim Hemaida
Theatre coordinator, Western Eye Hospital
Viji Venkat Lakshmi
Theatre scrub practitioner, Russells Hall NHS Trust
Keith Wilson
Patient ambassador, Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital
Susan Heal
Staff nurse, Queens Theatres, University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust

Dominique Malik
Student operating department practitioner, Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust
Christopher Gorse
Scrub nurse, Royal Lancaster Infirmary
Francis Zulu
Orthopaedics team leader, Charing Cross Hospital
Divyabala Patel
Operating department practitioner, Royal Free Hospital
Jayne Anne Aggidis
Registered nurse, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust
Heidi Greenfield
Registered nurse, North Bristol NHS Trust
Nanci Castelao
Clinical practice educator, North West Anglia Foundation Trust
Faith Magumise
Lead theatre practitioner, Kettering General Hospital
Nathaniel Johnson
Senior staff nurse, Bedford hospital
Anna Thompson
Surgical site infection surveillance nurse specialist, Ashford and St Peter’s Trust
Lorielin Sidney Robinson
Senior theatre practitioner, University College London Hospital
Eugene Sheehy
Senior operating department practitioner, St James’s University Hospital
Benedicto Balagot
Advanced theatre practitioner, Watford General Hospital
Gauver Surkari
Senior theatre sister, Ealing Hospital
 Thomas J P Muldoon
Operating department practitioner, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital
Malgorzata Garner
Surgical care practitioner, Addenbrooke’s Hospital
Luke J Rogers
Associate surgical specialty lead, University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
Rose Pongan
Senior theatre anaesthetic nurse, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Selbourne Maynard
Senior operating department practitioner, Northwick Park Hospital Trust
Wilhelmina Somera
Specialist theatre practitioner, Churchill Hospital
Karen Landels
Charge nurse, Victoria Hospital
Colin Carey
Senior operating department practitioner, University Hospital Southampton
Adrian Jones
Orthopaedic surgical site surveillance lead, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Beverley-Jane Street
Paediatric staff nurse, Queens Medical Centre
Joseph Banda John
Preregistration operating department practitioner, University of Portsmouth
Professor Mike Reed
Consultant orthopaedic surgeon, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Maria Boutabba
Surgical care practitioner, Surrey and Sussex NHS Trust
Susan Lord
Practice development nurse, Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust
Desanka Babic
Practice educator, Royal Marsden Hospital
Sarah Russell
Operating department practitioner, Salisbury District Hospital

Michael Latham

Senior Consultant


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