A GP practice in North East London has recently reopened to patients and staff following a temporary closure due to legionella bacteria being detected in the water supply.
The building has been thoroughly disinfected by a team of specialists and tests have confirmed legionella bacteria is no longer present in the water supply, making it safe for people to return.
Following the disruption to services, the CCG is taking this opportunity to remind all practices about the steps they can take to reduce the risk of similar closures.
Principle GPs and Practice Managers should:
- Ensure your practice has an identified ‘responsible person’.
- Ensure a Legionella risk assessment has been undertaken within the last 12 months.
- Ensure the risk assessment included an up to date diagram of the water system.
- Ensure you have a current policy in place for monitoring water temperatures and flushing outlets and the recording of these activities.
For further support or information, please contact the Infection, Prevention & Control (IPC) Team.
View the information leaflet on Legionella and Water Safety in GP Practices for advice.