Basingstoke Hospital Legionella
Four beds at Basingstoke hospital had to be closed because legionella bacteria was found in the water supply.
The Basingstoke Gazette reported
“The trust which runs the hospital has now added the risk of legionella in the water supply to its ‘risk register’, stating: “If the risk of legionella in the critical care water supply is not mitigated then the capacity of the unit will be affected as there will be a requirement to close beds.”
Papers published for Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s board of directors’ meeting said: “A number of controls are in place to manage the risk including regular flushing and sampling. Legionella counts in Critical Care B have led to the closure of four beds. Beds on C2 have been opened to maintain capacity.”
Importance of Legionella Monitoring
When incidents like this legionella outbreak happen it is a stark reminder of the importance for regular legionella monitoring to take place in the building you look after.
Regular testing for legionella can help prevent potential and sometimes fatal outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease. Routine legionella testing helps to safeguard the health and well-being of people who use the facilities in the building. Are you compliant?
How can I begin a Legionella Monitoring Programme?
If you would like to talk about an upcoming job or if you would like advice on how to check whether the water systems you look after are fully compliant please contact us today and a member of our team will be happy to help. You can also leave your information in the contact box below and a team member will contact you.