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Legionella risks at four hospitals revealed

07 July 2017

A freedom of information request has revealed that four NHS Grampian sites have been identified as being at risk from legionella.

One of those included on the list is Aberdeen Maternity Hospital, according to the Aberdeen Evening Express.

It is listed as having a significant risk for legionella, along with Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and Foresterhill Site Services.

The fourth site, Inverurie Health Centre, was said to have a high risk of infection from legionella bacteria.

There has been concern expressed over the condition of many of the UK health sector's ageing buildings, which has been further emphasised by the freedom of information request.

For example, Aberdeen Maternity Hospital has a number of significant risk areas, in addition to its legionella warning, including external fabric, roof, electrical installation, hot water temperature, ventilation and air-conditioning.

Its fire code and health and safety processes were also listed as high risk.

Among a total of 20 areas of either significant or high risk for Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, these included areas such as heating systems, asbestos and disabled access, according to the Aberdeen Evening Express.

A spokesperson for the NHS was quoted as explaining that the Grampian estate included 90 sites, with some buildings built in the Victorian period.

"The backlog maintenance programme is intended to address evolving standards, avoid unused or unsatisfactory facilities and keep them both safe and operational," said the spokesperson.

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