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29 July 2020 Hinchingbrooke Hospital: Legionella bacteria found in water supply

posted 3 Aug 2020, 03:07 by Ian Clarenbone
North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust has confirmed Legionella bacteria has been found in the water supplies at Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdon. The trust says work is now underway to clear out the system and alternative arrangements are in place to ensure patients are cared for. While that takes place, the hospital will not have any hot water available to patients and staff.

The Chief Operating Officer at Hinchingbrooke Hospital has confirmed Legionella bacteria has been found in the water supplies. Graham Wilde, Chief Operating Officer at North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Hinchingbrooke Hospital, said: “Following routine testing of our water supply we have identified levels of the Legionella bacteria within the system. We are working with engineers and our Facilities Management team to undertake a series of actions this morning to clear the system. While that takes place, we will not have any hot water available to our patients and staff. We have alternative arrangements in place for this period, and have provided specific instructions to our wards and clinics to help them continue to care for our patients.”

“We would like to assure patients and staff that we are taking all actions necessary to return our site to usual operation as soon as possible and apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.”

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