Yoghurts used to combat superbugs

Yoghurts containing "friendly bacteria" are being used as part of a trial to cut the risk of patients developing superbugs at a Sussex hospital trust.

Free pots of probiotic yoghurt are being handed out at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton and the Princess Royal in Haywards Heath. They are being given to patients on wards where there have been higher cases of Clostridium difficile.

The trust said evidence suggested the yoghurt might cut the risk of C.diff.

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Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust medical director Matthew Fletcher said:

"We are providing Actimel probiotic yoghurt to patients on the wards where we have previously had more cases of C.diff. There is some evidence to suggest that using these probiotics may reduce a patient's risk of C.diff and we will be evaluating the difference this has made to the number of cases."