Latest News from Nemco2017-08-21T12:06:48+01:00

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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Outbreak of Legionnaires ‘disease in the Midlands

Public Health England (PHE), the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Sandwell Council are currently looking into 3 confirmed cases of Legionnaire’s disease and 6 suspected cases in West Bromwich.  It would seem that 6 of the patients have been hospitalised and 8 of the cases were reported to PHE in the last week. The source of the outbreak has not yet been identified but this clearly emphasizes the need […]

September 17th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

1000% Increase in Hot Tub Sales

Ebay and Argos saw a rise of 1080% in the sale of hot tubs during lockdown in April. The exceptionally good weather and people spending more time in their gardens is attributed to this increase but it looks set to continue. Many families are buying hot tubs with money from cancelled holidays or renting them for birthday parties at home. Hot tubs and Spa Pool Systems are a known source […]

August 6th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Social Distancing and Isolating Water Outlets

Many sites are isolating drinking fountains and taping up some basins to provide social distancing. This is appropriate from a COVID 19 management perspective but it unfortunately creates deadlegs in the water system and increases the risk from legionella.   If you are isolating the supply, these outlets require weekly flushing to prevent stagnant water from building up.   If outlets such as drinking fountains are unlikely to be used […]

July 9th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

The LCA has posted guidelines for the safe operating of water systems during the COVID-19 outbreak:

Hot and cold water systems in buildings that are empty or with under occupancy must address the issue of stagnation: If the building is still partially in use: If possible, drop stored water levels in tanks to maintain <24 hours storage Flush to simulate use – weekly flushing may not be sufficient Monitor temperature to ensure thermal gain in cold water is controlled If fitted, consider temporarily increasing levels of […]

April 3rd, 2020|Categories: Uncategorised|0 Comments

Spa Hotel Exposes Customer to Legionnaires’ Disease

Mary Kelleher spent 54 days in hospital, three weeks of which were in an induced coma and when she did finally leave the hospital it was in a wheelchair. Mary and her husband were celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary at a luxury spa. Not long after she returned home she began to feel ill. After being diagnosed with pneumonia Mary was transferred to hospital where she was placed in an […]

February 26th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments