Pregnant Women Advised Not To Use Pre-Heated Birthing Pools

On the 9th August 2017 Public Health England published guidance for midwives to advise pregnant women considering using a home birthing pool.

It states that following the discovery of a new born baby with Legionnaires’ disease thatLegionnaires’ disease has been associated with the use of a certain type of birthing pool.’ The birthing pools in question are ones that are pre-filled, potentially weeks in advance of labour, and are kept warm using heaters and recirculation pumps.

The guidance goes on to say that it is not all birthing pools are considered high risk and that traditional birthing pools that are filled once the woman goes into labour and not kept warm are considered safe. Fixed birthing pools in NHS units are also considered to be safe due to the strict control measures in place.


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Council Fined £27,000 following Legionnaires’ disease outbreak

Further to the Nemco Utilities post in December 2016 Tendring District Council has been fined when a man contracted Legionnaires’ Disease after using the showers at a council run leisure centre. At the hearing the court was told that after the legionella management programme was brought in house the staff carrying out the controls were not trained properly. The court heard that this had been the situation for nearly 10 […]

January 28th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorised|0 Comments

Hospital bans use of showers due to Legionnaires’ disease outbreak

Patients have tested positive for Legionnaires ‘disease in and American hospital in Madison. 11 people have contracted the disease and one person has died. Changes to the water system may be the cause and tests are being carried out to confirm the origin of the outbreak. While the exact cause is still under investigation the hospital took the decision to reduce water flow at low demand times and the cases […]

December 12th, 2018|Categories: News|0 Comments

Legionella Found In Domestic Rainwater Storage Butts

Recent research first published on the 3rd July 2018 shows a study carried out to see if Legionella bacteria is in domestic rainwater storage butts and if it is present in droplets that could be breathed in when used for common gardening activities. Samples were taken from 113 different garden rainwater storage butts. Collected rainwater was poured from a watering can or delivered via a hosepipe attached to a submersible […]

July 24th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorised|0 Comments

£3m fine following death due to Legionnaires’ disease

An 86 year old resident of Hutton Village care home, a Bupa Care Home, in Brentwood died in June 2015 of Legionnaires’ disease. BUPA admitted Health and Safety breaches and samples taken from the bathroom taps were positive for legionella bacteria. The private care provider has been fined £3m over the death. For more information:

June 18th, 2018|Categories: News|0 Comments