Patients were moved after Legionella found in hospital’s water supply.
A ward at Teesside’s biggest hospital in the UK was closed after legionella bacteria was found in the water supply. Patients at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough had to be moved from Ward 33, after the bug was discovered in its water supply.
When asked about the matter on May 19, the hospital said that it did not have any patients on the ward affected by Legionnaires Disease.
But the trust has now confirmed that legionella bacteria WAS found in the water supply.
South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital, says no patients were affected by the bacteria, which can lead to Legionnaires’ Disease.
This is a potentially life-threatening lung infection, which begins with flu-like symptoms and can lead to a confused mental state and eventually, pneumonia.
It can also cause lung or kidney failure and septic shock.
A spokeswoman for South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: “Following a routine inspection of the water supply on Ward 33 at James Cook University Hospital we moved patients to Ward 11 to allow us to carry out further testing as a precautionary measure.
“We can confirm that no patients have been affected by legionella bacteria.”
The ward was closed on May 15.
Legionnaires’ is a notifiable disease, which means if a doctor diagnoses the condition, they must tell the local authority under Public Health (Infectious Diseases) Regulations (1988).
The authority will then try to identify the source of the outbreak and put in place any necessary precautionary measures.