Hospital reopening after bacteria scare
LAUNCESTON HOSPITAL, closed three weeks ago after the dangerous legionella bacteria was found in the water system, is due to reopen fully on April 8.
The town's mayor, Rob Tremain, was given a tour of the hospital on Friday and said he was highly impressed with the work taking place.
"They are working very hard, and a lot of extra work is being carried out.
"Although it is a shame the hospital has had to close for a period, I think that at the end of it we will have an improved facility. A lot of jobs were on the backburner while the hospital was open, so now it is closed a lot of work which otherwise might not have been done will be carried out."
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Peninsula Community Health (PCH), which runs the hospital, said extensive work was under way to replace the boiler and update the water system throughout the general hospital site and associated buildings.
The authority stated: "As part of the overall refurbishment works to the heating and water system, additional measures have been taken to ensure compliancy to Infection Prevention Control. This includes fitting approximately 25 new sinks and new flooring in areas of the hospital including the main entrance. A deep clean will also be carried out before we reopen the site."
Peninsula Community Health, in an update to the Overview and Scrutiny Committee at Cornwall Council last week, said it expected all works to be complete towards the end of March.
"Following completion of works, the system will be disinfected and we will reopen after a clear result is received – this will take approximately ten days following testing.
"The safety of patients and staff is of paramount importance to PCH and therefore the hospital will not reopen until all of the above work is completed and subsequent water test comes back clear."