Legionella: detection in healthcare premises
- Public Health England
- Part of:
- Legionnaires' disease: guidance, data and analysis
- First published:
- 6 August 2015
- Last updated:
- 17 December 2015, see all updates
Guidance for responding to positive counts of legionella in healthcare premises, in the absence of associated cases of Legionnaires’ disease.
Responding to the detection of legionella in healthcare premises: guidance for PHE health protection teams
Ref: PHE publications gateway number: 2015524 PDF, 830KB, 21 pages
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This document for Public Health England (PHE) health protection teams (HPT) provides:
- guidance when approached by infection, prevention and control teams and estate departments on maintaining their water systems to ensure there is a consistent and appropriate response from PHE
- information and practical guidance for HPT staff who are participating in incident control teams, or a water safety group
It describes situations where HPTs should be contacted, and the extent of involvement that can be expected of HPTs where legionella counts are detected in the hot and cold water systems (excludes cooling towers) of healthcare premises.
The guidance and accompanying algorithm (figure 1, p.10) applies to situations where there are no associated nosocomial cases, although it is possible that cases may subsequently be identified.
Published: 6 August 2015
Updated: 17 December 2015
- Updated guidance, December 2015.
- First published.