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Quick response resolves legionella bacteria issue at hospital

23 January 2020

North Walsham and District War Memorial hospital reported that it expected all of its facilities to be open and fully functional after the recent discovery of legionella bacteria in a shower unit.

FMs of healthcare facilities are particularly aware of how essential it is to protect the more vulnerable members of society, who are often more susceptible to infections such as Legionnaire's Disease.

However, the example of the North Walsham hospital shows how prompt and effective action can resolve issues before they cause major problems for facilities users.

According to the North Norfolk News, no patients were adversely affected by the bacteria and remedial action has been completed.

This involved disinfection of the shower in question and the fitting of filters to all water outlets.

Following the completion of the work, the hospital expected all facilities to be open and fully operational by the end of yesterday, 22 January.

Water treatment experts have shared their thoughts on the subject of legionella bacteria on a regular basis in recent years, with the aim of providing more clarity on necessary action.

While stating that it is not unusual for the bacteria to be found in water systems, as long as these are maintained in line with recommended best practice, including regular monitoring and prompt action to resolve issues, it should be a relatively easy process to remove or isolate any potential areas of threat or concern.

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