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Long-term solution sought for legionella issues

28 September 2018

Churchill Hospital in Headington, near Oxford, is trying to find a ‘long-term’ solution to ongoing problems with legionella, according to the Oxford Mail.

Maintaining water systems is one of the main focuses of FMs, particularly in the healthcare sector, where patients are often particularly vulnerable to Legionnaires’ disease.

The hospital has experienced issues with legionella bacteria in water samples since it opened in 2009, the Oxford Mail reported.

Managed by G4S, the company has gone to considerable lengths to tackle the issue, isolating outlets, cleaning, chlorinating and conducting daily flushing exercises to combat the bacteria.

Despite this, the hospital’s legionella risk assessment in 2017 showed a ‘large number’ of required actions, leading to renewed efforts to find long-term solutions.

However, the Oxford Mail reported that a trust spokesperson had stated they were “not aware” of any instances of legionella infection being reported in the hospital’s patients to date.

“The trust and its contractors recognise the importance of good water quality throughout its estate and to that end it undertakes a regular and rigorous review of the quality of all its water systems, working closely with Infection Prevention and Control to minimise risks,” said the spokesperson.

It was further stated that the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust had made the decision to close the Wantage Community Hospital two years ago due to continuing risks of a legionella outbreak, according to the Oxford Mail.

Further information on best practice solutions to tackle legionella bacteria can be found here.


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