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DOORS SHUT: Amersham Health centre closed due to bacteria found in piping

 Published on: 2nd March 2022   |   By: Christina Pantelly   |   Category: Uncategorized

Following the discovery of bacteria that can cause serious lung problems, Amersham Health Centre has been relocated into temporary cabins for several months as it undergoes piping renewal.

The health centre was forced to close on February 14 when legionella bacteria was discovered in the water system during a routine testing.

Legionella bacteria can cause a serious type of pneumonia (lung infection) called Legionnaires’ disease. Legionella bacteria can also cause a less serious illness called Pontiac fever.

The only long-term solution is to renew all the building’s pipework, which is why the premises must be vacated. The closure is expected to last 12 to 14 weeks. This will have an impact upon patients of the Buckinghamshire Priority Dental Service, which operates a clinic from there.

While the risks to workers and patients are minor, the NHS has taken additional precautions. These include installing specific filters on all water outlets, performing daily improved water system flushes, and providing bottled water to workers and patients.

NHS Property Services is working to resolve this situation as soon as possible. During this period, patient appointments with the Buckinghamshire Priority Dental Service will be held in alternative locations.

An Amersham Health Centre spokesperson said: “Our new, temporary arrangements have been working well and we continue to offer a full range of high-quality GP and primary care services to patients, who can contact us and arrange appointments in the usual ways. Staff are available to support anyone who may need assistance when visiting the site.

“Appointments for mental health services have been temporarily relocated to the Chess Medical Centre during this period.

“We would like to thank all our patients for their support and understanding at this time, while these essential building works are completed.”

Work is expected on the health centre to complete by the end of May this year.

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