Launceston hospital closes

Launceston Hospital in Cornwall has temporarily closed after traces of legionella bacteria were found in its water system.

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Cost of water contamination more than £100,000

Launceston General Hospital will close temporarily so the water system can be disinfected. It's expected to take four weeks and will cost more than £100,000.

Our immediate priority is to support Peninsula Community Health in the safe transfer of the small number of in-patients at Launceston in to other appropriate care setting where their needs can continue to be met. Staff have talked with families and patients and we will are working with Peninsula Community Health to ensure they have taken all possible measures to ensure public safety.

There is no reason to suspect that public, patients or staff have been exposed to a specific risk of infection as legionella requires high doses of aerosol bacteria..."

– Carol Williams, Director of Nursing for the Primary Care Trust

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