Sentinel Healthcare Care Home Fined Following Legionnaires’ Death

BBC News reported that Sentinel Healthcare Care Home in Hampshire was fined following the death of one its residents.

“A care home company has been fined £150,000 after one of its residents died from Legionnaires’ disease.

Andy Clegg, 56, had been staying at Sentinel Healthcare’s Fordingbridge Care Home in Hampshire when he was exposed to Legionella bacteria. He died in Salisbury District Hospital with complications on 5 November 2017.

Sentinel Healthcare pleaded guilty at Southampton Magistrates’ Court to charges of causation of harm and death to Mr Clegg.

Mr Clegg was admitted to the home in April 2017 with mental health problems. Law firm Irwin Mitchell, which represented Mr Clegg’s family, said he had been exposed to “vast quantities” of Legionella which was found on taps and the shower in his room.

Sentinel Healthcare, which runs six homes in Hampshire, did not accept responsibility for the death until a coroner’s inquest concluded Mr Clegg had contracted Legionella at the home, the lawyers said”.

Legionella Monitoring

Organisations have a responsibility to comply with the Health & Safety Executives ACoP L8 and HSG 274 part 2. At Water Hygiene Services we offer a range of Legionella Monitoring from monthly, quarterly, six monthly and yearly monitoring to ensure the systems are safe.

Through extensive monitoring, Water Hygiene Services is able to:

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Water Hygiene Services specialises in a range of services aimed at preventing exposure to the Legionella bacteria including Legionella risk assessments, Legionella awareness training, and water sampling.


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