The number of healthcare-acquired infections in Dumfries and Galloway is “extremely concerning”.

There have already been 12 cases of staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia (SAB) in the first four months of the year. NHS Dumfries and Galloway placed an “exceedance” limit of 14 cases for the year 2023/24.

The figures were discussed during Monday’s health board meeting.

Ross Darley, infection prevention and control manager, told members: “We have now recorded 12 SAB cases within the first four months. This is quite a significant increase from the previous paper which was presented and our exceedance level remains at 14.

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