A ward at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough was closed on May 15 after Legionella bacteria were discovered in the water system. Patients staying in the ward were moved after the discovery.
It does not appear, however, that any patients developed Legionnaires’ disease as a result of the bacteria’s presence.
According to a spokeswoman for South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, “Following a routine inspection of the water supply on Ward 33 at James Cook University Hospital, we moved patients to Ward 11 to allow us to carry out further testing as a precautionary measure. We can confirm that no patients have been affected by Legionella bacteria.”
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