Legionella in Leeds Hospital

17th September 2010

Pipework holds clue to legionella scare.

Legionella bacteria have been found in the water system at a Leeds hospital. The bacteria were discovered during routine tests in pipework in a small part of the Clarendon Wing at Leeds General Infirmary.

The NHS said no-one had contracted the disease and work was taking place to contain the bacteria, which cause Legionnaires' disease.

A spokesman for Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust said all parts of the building were functioning normally.

'Monitoring closely'

The spokesman said: "The trust routinely carries out tests on water supplies in all our hospital buildings on a regular basis.

"Recent testing in the Clarendon Wing at Leeds General Infirmary has identified higher than normal levels of legionella bacteria in some new pipework in a small part of the wing.

"Levels do vary from time to time in all large buildings. There is an established method of dealing with such changes using a range of remedial and preventative measures. This work is being carried out at the moment and we are closely monitoring the results."