Legionella bacteria have been found in the water supply at Hereford County Hospital and Ross Community Hospital, the Hereford Times has reported.
The Hereford Times has learned that low levels of the bacteria were detected during routine microbiological sampling of water supplies across the trust.
Subsequently, the trust has overhauled elements of its water supply and, in a statement, stresses that such finds are “not unusual” in a hospital environment.
In 2003, a Legionnaires outbreak in Hereford – centred on cooling towers at the Bulmers Moorfield plant – was linked to two deaths and 26 people left seriously ill.
The trust says no patient infections can be linked to the legionella finds in its water supply.
But the finds did have the trust holding “water incident” meetings earlier this year with the Clinical Commissioning Group, NHS Trust Development Authority and Public Health England kept informed.
The trust carries out regular routine microbiological sampling of its water supplies.
Results from sampling last year identified low levels of legionella bacteria in the water supply at Hereford County Hospital and Ross Community Hospital.
Equally low levels of other organisms, known as Pseudomonas, were also identified in the supply at Hereford.
The trust has stressed that these types of bacteria are not unusual in the incoming mains water supply to healthcare premises being “widely present” in the environment.
Combatting Legionella & Water Treatment conference
The 12th Annual Combatting Legionella & Water Treatment conference will take place on 29-30 September at Aston Villa Park in Birmingham.
A comprehensive and cutting-edge event, the conference ensures engineering and facilities management teams are able to prevent legionella bacteria from developing and comply with water safety regulations.