Hospital closed after bacteria found in water

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A community hospital has been closed after a strain of the Legionella bacterium was found in its water system.

Withernsea Community Hospital was closed last Friday following the discovery during routine testing, but the bacteria is not the pneumophila strain that causes Legionnaire’s disease, health chiefs said.

Patients have been transferred to the new East Riding Community Hospital in Beverley.

Humber NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital in Withernsea, described the possible risk to health as “low”.

But it could not say when the hospital would re-open.

The trust said in a statement: “Services will remain closed for the foreseeable future to allow for chemical cleaning and essential maintenance of the water system.”

Patients affected by the closure are being advised that minor injuries units remain open at hospitals in Beverley, Driffield, Hornsea, Goole, and Bridlington.