Somerset Nursing Home Confirms Legionella Bacteria Was Found In Water System

A Somerset nursing home has confirmed that traces of legionella bacteria were found in their water system.Greenhill Nursing Home in Timsbury found traces of the bacteria in their water system but says there is no longer any present.

The home which offers accommodation for people who require nursing or personal care is run by Leonard Cheshire Disability.

A Leonard Cheshire Disability spokesperson said: “A small trace of legionella was found in the water system at our Greenhill House service.

“We immediately isolated the bathrooms affected, and arranged for the system to be completely cleansed. We are also upgrading our boilers.

“Our latest water monitoring report shows there is no longer any trace of legionella present.

“We have kept the Care Quality Commission updated on this situation.”

Legionella bacteria can cause Legionnaires’ disease, as well as the similar but less serious conditions of Pontiac fever and Lochgoilhead fever.

It is not known if any of the residents were ill as a result of the water.

Legionnaires’ disease is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia and everyone is susceptible to infection but the risk increases with age.

Greenhill Nursing Home was graded as inadequate by the CQC in April 2016, it was found in adequate in two categories and required improvement in three others including in effective, caring and responsive.