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29 July 2019 Man tests positive for Legionnaires’ disease following dialysis at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital

posted 30 Jul 2019, 05:36 by Ian Clarenbone

Lawyers have been instructed to investigate after a man tested positive for Legionnaires’ disease following treatment at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.

The patient started to develop symptoms in April, while an outpatient at the hospital’s Severn Unit. After his cough and general weakness turned into something more serious, he was admitted and tested positive for the disease.

Several months on and with some of the symptoms still persisting, the man who is in his seventies called on lawyers Irwin Mitchell to take on the case. The legal experts have in recent years represented a number of victims affected by major Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks in both Edinburgh and Stoke-on-Trent. More recently, the team has been instructed by a number of individuals who have been affected by the Legionnaires’ outbreak relating to the Healax Salt Caves Spa in Bournemouth.

Jatinder Paul, the lawyer who is representing the individual affected who does not want to be named, said: “Through our work we have sadly seen on numerous occasions how Legionnaires’ disease can have a debilitating impact on those affected, often leaving them struggling with long-term health conditions. The first-hand account provided to us is very worrying and we have now commenced our own investigations into what our client faced. As part of our work, we would be keen to hear from anyone else who may have also been affected by similar issues.”

Mr Paul added: “It is of course a particular concern that this hospital has reportedly had issues related to Legionnaires’ disease in the past and that will be something that falls under the microscope during our own work. While we are determined to help our client gain answers, we are also committed to ensuring – where possible – lessons can be learned so that the issues seen in this case are not repeated again.”

A Trust spokesperson said: “The Trust is aware of a case of legionella infection in a patient who has received treatment at Severn Dialysis Unit. The patient could have acquired the infection at the Unit in April 2019.

“The patient has been treated and kept fully informed about the ongoing investigation and we have been working closely with colleagues from Public Health England. We would like to reassure our patients that we have thorough systems in place for maintaining water safety and quality.”    

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