Water supply to the Charleville Hospital will be cleaned after traces of Legionella bacteria was found in some taps.
Public health physician for the South West Hospital and Health Service Dr Penny Hutchinson reassures the community that traces of Legionella bacteria found in some taps at Charleville Hospital is of minimal risk to patients and staff.
Dr Hutchinson said the traces of Legionella found in the routine testing of the hospital’s water supply should not cause alarm.
“Our current case mix at Charleville has been assessed, and people are not at any increased risk from the current detection,” she said.
Dr Hutchinson said all due process is being followed and the water system was currently being cleaned and would then be retested.
“The scouring process is expected to take two to three days and I want to assure the Charleville community that there is no need to unduly worry as the risk to patients and staff is very minimal.”
Dr Hutchinson said the South West Hospital and Health Service staff were managing the situation well and disruptions to normal routines at the hospital during the cleaning process should be minimal.
“Charleville Hospital has a history of being more susceptible to Legionella incidences and the South West Hospital and Health Service has a rigorous on-going management plan in place that is appropriate to monitor and manage the situation.
“Legionella does not harm people in good health but can cause Legionnaires disease in people who are immunosuppressed or suffer other severe disease.”