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3 October 2016 Grandfather, died of 'suspected Legionnaires' Disease' living in BUPA Care Home

posted 5 Oct 2016, 04:41 by Ian Clarenbone

Mr Ibbetson moved into Hutton Village Care Home in Essex early last year. But by June last year, Mr Ibbetson, a retired businessman who had run his own printing company, complained of feeling unwell. He was taken to Basildon Hospital five miles away where staff diagnosed that he was suffering from pneumonia but four days later his condition deteriorated and he died.

His grieving family claim they were told by doctors at the hospital that he had died from Legionnaires' Disease, a virulent killer infection that is usually spread through contaminated water. Outbreaks of the illness can be caused by exposure to Legionella growing in purpose-built water systems such as hot and cold water systems, cooling towers and even spa pools.

The Hutton home, which BUPA describe as 'warm and friendly', can look after 39 residents in an old stone building that has been extended to provide rooms. It was last inspected by the Care Quality Commission in July last year when the care overall was described as 'good.'

A BUPA spokesperson said: 'Our thoughts are with Mr Ibbetson's family and friends at this difficult time. 'The inquest is ongoing so it wouldn't be appropriate to comment any further at this stage.'