Screening is the microbiological testing of samples taken from a patient on or before admission. This allows us to identify patients who are colonised with MRSA.
A nurse will run a cotton bud (swab) over your skin so it can be checked for MRSA, usually from one or more of the potential carriage sites of nose, throat, armpits, groin, and any damaged skin. This is painless and only takes a few seconds.
If you're not carrying MRSA, it's unlikely you'll be contacted about the result and you should follow the admissions instructions as normal.
If you're carrying MRSA, you may need treatment to remove the bacteria to reduce your risk of getting an infection or spreading the bacteria. You will be advised by the admissions team.