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FM team supporting action to resolve hospital legionella issue

31 July 2020

Reports of the discovery of legionella bacteria in the water supply at Hinchingbrooke Hospital have appeared in the national press.

The summer season is often seen to result in higher numbers of outbreaks due to warmer temperatures, with increased calls for vigilance emerging this year due to facilities being shut down for several months due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to the reports, hospital staff have been engaged in an operation to remove the bacteria from its water supply.

North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust chief operating officer Graham Wilde said the legionella bacteria was discovered during routine testing.

"We are working with engineers and our facilities management team to undertake a series of actions this morning to clear the system," he said.

Mr Wilde further explained that this would result in no hot water being available to patients and staff during the operation, but that "alternative arrangements" had been put in place for the duration of the procedure.

The hospital had also "provided specific instructions to our wards and clinics to help them continue to care for our patients", he continued.

“We would like to assure patients and staff that we are taking all actions necessary to return our site to usual operation as soon as possible and apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused," said Mr Wilde.

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