Hervey Bay hospital cleared of Legionella

HERVEY Bay Hospital has been cleared of Legionella, 17 days after the bacteria's outbreak was first confirmed on May 19.

Patients will soon be able to enjoy a hot shower and drink tap water after weeks of being sponge-bathed and given bottled water to drink.

Precautionary measures to reduce the risk of the bacteria's transmission were undertaken at the hospital on May 20 after the outbreak was confirmed, following autopsy results from a man who died in April and was found to have legionnaire's disease.

Initial efforts to sanitise the water system were made by Wide Bay Hospital and Health Services on May 22, and parts of the water system, including heating, chlorine monitoring and dosing and infrastructure were upgraded in the meantime.

Chief executive Adrian Pennington said: "I can assure staff and patients... our hot and cold water systems has shown water quality as meeting the required standards and Legionella has been removed."

Since then the WBHHS has worked to prevent ore outbreaks.

Mr Pennington said the hospital's shower heads and taps had been replaced and the chlorine monitoring system updated.

"The chlorine monitoring system improves the WBHHS's ability to dose extra chlorine into the cold water as it enters our facility from the town water supply as well as into our hot water loops within Hervey Bay Hospital," Mr Pennington said.

Water quality tests conducted after efforts to sanitise the water system were taken by WBHHS on May 26 and May 31, as well as tests carried out by independent contractor CETEC on May 27 and 29, he said.

Legionella cleared 17 days after outbreak confirmed in hospital's water system on May 19

Initial efforts to sanitise the water system undertaken on May 22

Upgrades to water system undertaken to prevent further Legionella outbreaks

Water quality tests conducted on May 26, May 27, May 29 and May 31


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