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Legionella closes hospital 'indefinitely'

25 April 2016

Wantage Community Hospital is set to close this summer after legionella bacteria was found in its hot water system.

Announced by the Oxford Health NHS Foundation last week, the closure will coincide with all services being relocated by earlier summer, according to the Bicester Advertiser.

The trust described the closure as a "planned closure" designed to permanently eradicate the risk of legionella within the hospital's hot water system.

Short-term treatments are currently being used which pose not health risks, it stated.

There has been no decision on the hospital's future, however, despite funding for repairs being set aside, said the Bicester Advertiser.

The decision will be made following a county-wide public consultation in autumn this year on the subject of providing bed-based and ambulatory care for older people and adults with long-term conditions.

A spokesperson was quoted as saying the future use of the building needed to be determined before expensive repairs were undertaken.

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