A national survey by Public Health England has shown that patients who have operations on their large bowel at St Peter's Hospital have a lower than average risk of contracting an infection afterwards.

Out of 72 operations in the second quarter of this year, only six patients contracted post-operative infections - a rate of just 8.3 per cent compared to the national average of 12.1 per cent and the best result since the Trust started to participate in the National Surveillance scheme in 2008.

We have put in place a number of changes in recent years to reduce the chance of infection so it is good to see the impact of these taking effect.