Leeds care home responds after Legionnaires’ bacteria found in water

Following on from an earlier article from the Yorkshire Evening Post the Leeds care home now wants to reassure residents and staff that their water systems are safe.

The bacteria – which when inhaled is the most common cause of Legionnaires’ disease – was recently found in samples taken at Donisthorpe Hall on Shadwell Lane but managers say there is no risk to residents.

Legionnaires’ disease is a type of pneumonia usually caused by breathing in mist from water that contains legionella.

Donisthorpe Hall is a nursing home that is currently classed as requiring improvement, following an August 2018 inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) health watchdog.

In a statement released by the care home, they said open meetings have been held with residents, relatives and the wider community together with representatives of the contractors, the Trustees and Leeds City Council contracts team to enable them to ask questions about the situation.

The Registered Home Manager, Jane Stone, reassured residents and relatives.

She said: “All precautions have been taken, we have a robust plan in place, which has been extremely effective the water system is being chemically treated and samples regularly taken in line with our action plan and risk assessment and all boiler temperatures have been adjusted.”

Just before everyone settles down for Christmas please take a moment to think about those suffering from pneumonia in care homes, or is it a form of Legionnaires Disease?
If you are responsible for the lives of individuals within your place of work, and are not 100% satisfied your Legionella management system is compliant. Please get in touch with Black Sheep or any expert in the industry. It’s cheaper to prevent the risk rather than pay the fine or even cause loss of life.

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