Hospital trust sentenced over fatal Legionnaires’ disease

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Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has today (4 September) been ordered to pay a total of £350,000 in fines and costs for serious safety failings relating to two separate matters. The first concerns at least seven patients being infected with legionella, the bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ Disease, from the hospital’s water system. 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…


Dangerous biofilm bacteria evolve to be easy to treat

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Hyperswarming bugs are not as scary as they sound. Disease-causing bacteria in lab experiments have repeatedly evolved the ability to spread more rapidly than their wild counterparts – but the result could actually lead to new strategies for combating infections. Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a common disease-causing bacterium that typically infects people with weakened immune systems, for Read more…


New Legionnaires’ case brings total in Renfrew outbreak to 11

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Health chiefs have confirmed another case of Legionnaires’ disease in Renfrew, bringing the total to 11. The latest instance of the bacteria was announced following a meeting of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s outbreak control team. The patient in question is said to be stable and is receiving treatment in hospital. The previous ten cases Read more…


Legionnaires’ should be treated as an “absolute priority”

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Lawyers at Law Firm Irwin Mitchell have expressed concern over the continuing rise of Legionnaires’ disease victims in the Renfrew area despite legionella control measures having been carried out within cooling towers in surrounding areas. Elaine Russell, who is working on behalf of victims and families involved in an outbreak of the disease in Edinburgh Read more…