The Australian Jessica Grewal 25 May 2015
Patients at a Queensland hospital are still unable to shower almost a week after it was confirmed the water system contained potentially deadly legionella bacteria.
A full flush of the Hervey Bay Hospital water system was carried out at the weekend but Queensland Health confirmed it could be another five days before results of “extensive samples” were received. Results from the weekend testing are expected back by Friday.
The Palaszczuk Government is investing $1.12 million in local projects to clean up cyclone debris in Rockhampton waterways and help improve river health in the wider Fitzroy Basin. State Development Minister and Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the projects would make local watercourses more resilient to future flood events, improve river health and ensure better quality water flowing into Great Barrier Reef waters.
Brisbane Times AAP 23 May 2015
A Queensland hospital is moving to completely flush its water systems after the discovery of legionella bacteria. Patients at the Hervey Bay Hospital were ordered to only drink bottled water and refrain from using showers after the problem was detected.
News.com.au Peter Hall May 22, 2015
HERVEY Bay Hospital has put GPs on alert for any recently discharged patients showing pneumonia-like symptoms as precautions are stepped up in the wake of a legionella scare.
This follows confirmation from Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service chief executive Adrian Pennington that the bacteria had been found in the hospital and in a man who died at the facility last month.
The case has prompted a review of random testing procedures which are currently carried out monthly at health facilities in the region.
Read more: http://www.news.com.au/national/queensland/gps-on-alert-for-pneumonia-like-symptoms-after-legionella-found-at-hervey-bay-hospital/story-fnii5v6w-1227364206392
Brisbane Times May 20, 2015
Patients have been told to only drink bottled water and avoid the showers at Hervey Bay Hospital after tests confirmed legionella in its water supply.
A patient who died at the facility was found to have legionella on April 20, prompting further checks in addition to the hospital’s routine water testing.
On Wednesday, Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service chief executive Adrian Pennington confirmed the bacteria had been found in the hospital and said the man’s cause of death was still being investigated, as well as the source of his legionella.
ABC news report: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-05-20/legionella-bacteria-found-at-hervey-bay-hospital-in-southern-qld/6485422
Fraser Coast Chronicle news report: http://www.frasercoastchronicle.com.au/news/legionella-at-hospital-legionella-confirmed/2645802/
The Courier Mail report: http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/legionnaires-disease-scare-at-hervey-bay-hospital/story-fnihsrf2-1227362053419?from=public_rss
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