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Legionella bacteria detected in water at Penn Hospital

The Black Country Partnership NHS Trust foundation has confirmed Legionella bacteria had been detected at a hospital, on Penn Road, during routine water testing, the Express & Star has reported.

Access to some sinks, showers and toilets has been blocked as a precautionary measure and temporary toilets have been installed for patients to use.

Specialist filters have also been fitted on some showers so patients can continue to shower and where necessary bottled drinking water has been provided.

The Trust has started an immediate programme of remedial work to remove any associated risks including turning off the water supply to affected sinks, showers and toilets, as well as disinfection and regular flushing.

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