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All-clear for Paulton Birth Centre after second legionella alert

04 July 2016

Successful completion of a water maintenance regime has seen the Paulton Birth Centre at Bath Royal United Hospital being given the all-clear following its second legionella discovery last month.

This was the second incidence of a legionella bacteria test proving positive within a four month period.

The latest incident involved discovery of the bacteria in an area not open to patients, according to Somerset Live.

Following the announcement of the all-clear, NHS Property Services - the owner and operator of the centre - has handed it back to Bath's Royal United Hospital.

It is still not open for use by expectant mothers, however, as a deep clean is due to be completed.

An announcement is expected later this week concerning the complete reopening of the centre.

A spokesperson for NHS Property Services said that testing of all areas of the unit's water system had taken place and no legionella bacteria had been found, according to Somerset Live.

News of the outbreak was reported by PFM on 16 June: http://www.pfmonthenet.net/article/118183/Maternity-unit-closed-by-legionella-for-second-time.aspx


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