Guernsey hospital discovers Legionella on ward

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Legionella has been discovered at the Castel hospital in Guernsey, health officials have confirmed. The bacteria, which can lead to Legionnaires’ disease, was found on Albecq ward during routine water tests. The health department has stopped use of ward showers and said it was in the process of removing the bacteria. This involves raising water Read more…


Care home ordered to pay £40,000 after failing to control Legionella risk

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A private care home in Wallasey, Merseyside, has been ordered to pay £40,000 in fines and costs after it failed to manage the risk of elderly residents catching a potentially-fatal strain of pneumonia. Mother Redcaps Care Home was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after failing to comply with an Improvement Notice to assess the Read more…


Basildon Hospital ‘failed patients’ over legionella cases

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A hospital criticised over high mortality rates failed to protect patients from a fatal legionella infestation, a court has heard. Two patients died in 2007 and 2010 after contracting Legionnaires’ disease at Basildon Hospital in Essex. Six more were infected during the same period. The hospital admitted failings under the Health and Safety at Work Read more…


Northampton fountain to return after legionella contamination

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A Northampton fountain contaminated with the bacterium that causes Legionnaires’ disease is to be made safer after a council consultation. The Market Square water feature was turned off in August 2012 after traces of the legionella bacterium were found. Nearly 60% of the 350 people who responded said they want the fountain remodelled and switched Read more…


Fourth case of Legionnaires’ disease confirmed

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A FOURTH person is being treated for the potentially fatal lung infection Legionnaires’ disease. The latest case, a patient from South Croydon, was identified as having Legionella bacteria on Tuesday. It follows three confirmed cases last week which prompted a joint investigation by Public Health England, Croydon Council and the trust which manages Croydon University Read more…


Basildon Hospital to be sentenced over legionella failures

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A hospital which failed to protect the public from potentially fatal Legionnaire’s disease is to be sentenced later. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Basildon University Hospital after eight patients were affected between 2004 and 2010. Two patients died after contracting the disease in 2007 and 2010. The hospital pleaded guilty in January and Read more…


Cooling towers near scene of Legionnaires’ outbreak disinfected

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Health bosses have disinfected 14 cooling towers around a town at the centre of an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease. Two of the five confirmed cases are in Renfrew, while the other three involve people who either visited or worked there during the two-week incubation of the disease. The outbreak control team said on Wednesday that Read more…