They are giving out free pots of the yoghurt to patients in the hope it will help combat the rise of 'Clostridium difficile'. Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that live in and help regulate the digestive system. The trial is being carried out by Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton and the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath, the Daily Mail reported.
Its medical director Matthew Fletcher said, ''There is some evidence to suggest that using these probiotics may reduce a patient's risk and we will be evaluating the difference it makes to the number of cases.'' Research shows probiotics can restore a healthy digestive system, prevent bowel conditions such as 'ulcerative colitis', protect children against allergies, and may even reduce the risk of colon cancer.