Treatments for Legionnaires’ disease

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The risk of catching Legionnaires’ can be reduced with appropriate maintenance and cleaning of possible sources, such as… air conditioning systems Prompt treatment with antibiotics is effective but specific types of antibiotic must be used as the bacteria can hide inside the cells of the respiratory tract, and the antibiotics must be able to penetrate Read more…


Three babies dead after infection at Belfast hospital

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A third baby has died in a Belfast neo-natal unit. Details of the death were released on Friday. On Thursday, it was revealed that two babies had died at the Royal Maternity Hospital after an outbreak of an infection called pseudomonas. The Belfast Trust said the deaths, in the neonatal unit, may be linked to the outbreak. Admission Read more…


Legionella bug found in showers

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Legionella bacteria has been discovered at public showers run by Filton Town Council – and the cost of fixing the problem could be £14,000. Staff working at Filton Leisure Centre raised concerns about whether the bacteria could pose a risk to staff and customers at a recent town council staffing meeting. Councillors have stressed that Read more…


Health and safety guru warns of political misuse

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The architect of the government’s health and safety strategy has raised concerns that his report could be ‘misused’ for political purposes. Professor Ragnar Lofstedt told a forum in London on Tuesday that he was not in favour of ‘radical’ reform, apparently contrary to prime minister David Cameron’s attack earlier this month on the ‘monster’ of Read more…


Improved maintenance could prevent killer Legionnaires disease

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Better maintenance regimes for heating and cooling plant could prevent many of the outbreaks of Legionnaires disease which still blight workplaces in this country. That’s the call from the heating and Ventilating Contractor’s Association (HVCA), whose chief exe. Blane Judd says “the 300 occurences of the disease each year in the UK could be reduced Read more…


Your Legionnaires’ Disease Checklist – Legionellosis

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Legionnaires’ Disease Checklist – Legionellosis Have potential sources of Legionella been identified and assessed by a competent person?  YES / NO Has a scheme for the prevention or control of Legionella been prepared and implemented?  YES / NO Have precautions to prevent the proliferation of Legionella and the creation of water droplets or aerosols been implemented?  YES / NO Read more…


The Legionella bacteria was found in the water supply in early January 2012.

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Guernsey’s Princess Elizabeth Hospital will have its water system flushed with chlorine after Legionella bacteria was detected in the water supply. The cleansing of the system will take place over two Sundays, 15 and 22 January, during which time taps and toilets will be unavailable. Bottled water and portable toilets have been provided as alternatives, Read more…


Steri-Spray finds way to the top

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Too often we hear of these innovations being sold on or lost altogether through a lack of support and funding. The example of Ian Helmore and the Stri-Spray product is therefore all the more encouraging. Mr Helmore, a qualified plumber, has been involved in water treatment for more than 20 years, including the running of Read more…


Guernsey hospital reports Legionella in water supply

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Legionella bacteria has been detected in the water supply of Guernsey’s Princess Elizabeth Hospital. The island’s Health and Social Services Department said the level of bacteria was higher than acceptable, and decontamination would take place. It added that no patients or staff had been taken ill, and the bacteria posed a minimal health risk. Dr Read more…


Electronic L8 (Log-Book) Monitoring System

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More information to follow… Zetasafe® is the country’s leading electronic Legionella control service that enables clients to plan, manage and view their compliance with Approved Code of Practice (L8) and the Health and Saftey at Work etc Act 1974. It does this using a combination of remote mobile handheld computers, emailed inspections and the Zetasafe®secure website. Please Read more…