The owner of the Holy Name Care Home in Hull, a city in England, was fined £2,500 (approximately $4,150 US dollars) by a “health watchdog” after Legionella bacteria were found in the property’s water system.
Further, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) issued two penalties of £1,250 to Molescroft Nursing Home (Holdings) Ltd, the owner of Holy Name Care Home, after the company neglected to report the positive Legionella test result or the suspension of their manager.
Routing water testing was performed on September 23, 2013 and five of nine water samples taken were positive for Legionella bacteria.
Molescroft Nursing Home (Holdings) Ltd took appropriate measures to protect their residents’ safety upon the finding, but failed to report the situation, which is required by the Health and Social Care Act.
According to Malcolm Bower-Brown, CQC regional director, said that Molescroft Nursing Home (Holdings) Ltd has paid its fines and the CQC will continue to monitor the home.
Molescroft Nursing Home (Holdings) Ltd also issued a statement saying that “Holy Name is a new care home and, at the relevant time, some unoccupied areas had not all been fully commissioned, which led to some routine tests for Legionella coming back positive.
“The tests were conducted as a proactive measure and were carried out by a professional third-party company upon the home’s request.
“The system was professionally chlorinated at the earliest possibility in order to kill any traces of the disease, which is the appropriate measure to undertake.
“Health and safety at the home is taken very seriously and areas are regularly monitored and cleaned as required within the home’s cleaning schedule.”
The statement goes on to say that the low fine reflected the fact that there were no illnesses at the facility and that the home was responsible in regards to testing and remediating upon bacterial discovery.
The CQC also released a statement regarding the matter and touches on the importance of notifying the CQC in situations such as these. To read the statement, please click here.