3 September 2013
A private care home in Wallasey has been ordered to pay £40,000 in fines and costs after it failed to manage the risk of elderly residents catching a potentially fatal form of pneumonia.
The care home was prosecuted by the HSE after it failed to comply with an Improvement Notice to assess the risk from the legionella bacteria. The HSE granted the care home two extensions and a deadline to comply with the Improvement Notice. However, it was found that it had still failed to carry out a suitable and sufficient risk assessment by the deadline, even though they were offered help and guidance on what was required.
A handful of actions that the care home could have implemented to stop the legionella risk and avoid the £40,000 fine are listed below:
Please note that these are only a few of many additional preventions and precautions to reduce any legionella risk. Envirocare could have helped this Wallasey Care Home and prevented the large £40,000 fine.
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