Date set for hospital reopening after legionella bacteria find
8:00am Saturday 9th March 2013 in News
A Cornish hospital that was closed after legionella bacteria was found is set to reopen after extensive work and a deep clean.
Following the closure of Launceston Hospital on Monday, February 18, "extensive work is now underway to replace the boiler and update the water system" throughout the general hospital site and associated buildings says Peninsula Community Health.
A spokesman said that, as part of the overall refurbishment works to the heating and water system, additional measures have been taken to ensure compliancy to infection prevention control.
This includes fitting approximately 25 new sinks and new flooring in areas of the hospital including the main entrance. A deep clean will also be carried out before the hospital is reopened.
Peninsula Community Health gave a full update to the Overview and Scrutiny Committee at Cornwall Council and says all worksare expected be complete towards the end of March.
Following completion of works, the system will be disinfected and we will reopen after a clear result is received. This will take approximately ten days following testing.
The spokesman added: "The safety of patients and staff is of paramount importance to PCH and therefore the Hospital will not re-open until all of the above work is completed and subsequent water test come back clear."
It is planned that Launceston Community hospital will reopen fully on Wednesday, April 8.