Bacteria which can cause the potentially fatal Legionnaires’ disease has been detected in the water system at an Airdrie hospital.
NHS Lanarkshire confirmed that following routine water sampling, legionella bacteria was detected in the hot water system of one of the buildings at University Hospital Monklands.
To prevent the spread of the bacteria, filters are being fitted on washbasins and showers and the water will continue to be tested until there are full sets of negative samples.
Health bosses said that the cold water system was not affected and the drinking water is safe.
There is no suggestion that any patients have been affected by the discovery.
Karen Goudie chief of nursing services at University Hospital Monklands, said: “Following routine water sampling, legionella bacteria has been detected in the hot water system of the west tower at University Hospital Monklands.
“The cold water system is not affected and does not present risk in terms of safety of drinking water. No patients have been affected by the findings.
“All standard infection prevention and control measures are in place to keep staff and patients safe. This includes fitting filters on washbasins and shower outlets to ensure the water is safe for use.
“We will continue to test the hot water until we have full sets of negative samples and the filters remaining in place for as long as required.”
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