Legionella outbreak cleared at Hervey Bay Hospital
The Legionella outbreak at Hervey Bay Hospital has been cleared after water sample test results released today returned negative readings for the bacteria.
Initial efforts to sanitise the water system were taken by Wide Bay Hospital and Health Services on May 22 and various aspects of the water system including heating, chlorine monitoring and dosing and infrastructure were upgraded in the meantime.
The tests results have confirmed the bacteria is well within the standards outlined in the 'Guidelines for managing microbial water quality in health care facilities 2013', Chief Executive Adrian Pennington said.
Patients will soon be able to drink tap water and enjoy a hot shower after weeks of being given bottled water and sponge-bathed.
Precautionary measures to reduce the risk of the bacteria's transmission were undertaken at the hospital after the outbreak was confirmed following positive test results on May 19.
Since then the WBHHS has worked to ensure further outbreaks of Legionella do not occur.
Chief Executive Adrian Pennington said the hospital's shower heads and taps had been replaced and the chlorine monitoring system updated.
"The chlorine monitoring system improves the WBHHS's ability to dose extra chlorine into the cold water as it enters our facility from the town water supply as well as into our hot water loops within Hervey Bay Hospital," he said.
Water quality tests conducted after efforts to sanitise the water system were taken by WBHHS on May 26 and May 31, as well tests carried out by independent contractor CETEC on May 27 and 29, he said.