|Hospital re-opens following discovery of legionella bacteria
A hospital that was closed earlier this year following an outbreak of legionella is due to re-open after extensive work to its water system.
Launceston Community Hospital was closed in February of this year after the bacteria was found in two places following a routine water quality check. Since its closure the hospital has spent more than £100,000 on maintenance to ensure that the building is now free of the legionella bacteria lurking in its water systems.
The bacteria, legionella pneumophila, produces flu-like symptoms in infected people and can lead to serious illness and even death. Long term health problems can also be associated with the disease including lung damage, brain damage, poor concentration and memory loss. Those who have pre-existing medical problems, for example diabetes, COPD or asthma, are more vulnerable to legionella infection. So in a hospital, where there are countless visitors and patients with weakened immune systems a Legionnaires’ outbreak is even more dangerous.
Thankfully there were no reports of illnesses associated with Legionnaires’ disease at the hospital before its closure, and the routine checks carried out ensured that traces of the bacteria were found before any infection could spread.
Here at Pannone LLP we frequently deal with people who have become infected by legionella, and the regular cleaning and maintenance of water systems is crucial to prevent outbreaks of this potentially fatal disease.
If you have suffered from Legionnaires’ disease and wish to discuss making a compensation claim, call us on 0800 0384 384 for a free consultation with one of our experienced Industrial Illness Solicitors.
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