Launceston Hospital closes following discovery of Legionella bacteria
A HOSPITAL near Plymouth will be closed for four weeks following the discovery of Legionella bacteria.
The bacteria was found in two places at Launceston General Hospital during routine water quality surveillance.
There have been no reports of illnesses and bosses say there was only a "minimal risk" to patients and staff.
But more than £100,000 will be spent on plumbing and heating maintenance while the hospital is closed.
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Highly-concentrated chlorine must also be flushed through the whole water system as part of a "robust disinfection" at the site.
The hospital's minor injuries unit closed at 5pm yesterday and patients told to go to Liskeard or Stratton Community Hospitals instead.
There were ten inpatients at Launceston when the Legionella was found. Six have been transferred to alternative community hospitals and four elsewhere.
Carol Williams, director of nursing for the Primary Care Trust, said the hospital would reopen when remedial work was finished and "it is safe to do so."