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Recent Outbreaks of Legionnaires??? Disease (UK)

A hospital in London had to close three wards on the Chiltern Wing for six months because of a recent outbreak of Legionnaires??? disease. Hospital officials decided to close the area in order to isolate and destroy the dangerous bacteria.

The patients occupying those wings were moved from Sutton Hospital to nearby facilities in Surrey and Wandsworth after the discovery of Legionella bacteria in Sutton???s water systems.

At the time of the outbreak, a spokeswoman for South West London and St George???s Mental Health Trust reported that the patients and staff on the site were safe, and that no immediate threat to public health existed because the Legionella bacteria had been contained.

The spokeswoman went on to say that the trust would take the expert advice they received to resolve the issue for the long term, by closing the entire facility to ensure that no further outbreaks happen in the future.

Initial proposals involved transferring in-patients and staff on the main ward, for acute admissions, to Springfield Hospital in Tooting. While short-stay older patients were allowed to either return to their homes and be treated by an enhanced home treatment team,?? or they were sent to a specialist ward at Tolworth Hospital.

All outpatients, managers and administrators were moved temporarily to the Henderson Hospital in Sutton. No deaths were reported in this potentially catastrophic outbreak, thanks to the swift actions taken by the hospital.