Legionella find closes Withernsea Community Hospital

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

A spokesman said all services at Withernsea Community Hospital in East Yorkshire would be closed "for the foreseeable future".

Chemical cleaning of the water system will take place before it can reopen.

The spokesman stressed that the strain of the bacterium found was not Legionella pneumophila, which causes Legionnaires' disease.

The hospital has a 12-bed inpatient ward, X-ray department and a nurse-led minor injuries unit.

The Humber NHS Foundation Trust said the closure was a precautionary measure and patients had been transferred to the East Riding Community Hospital at Beverley, where there were enough spare beds.

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