Elgin care home told to do more to assess risk of Legionnaires’ disease

Published on 07/18/2019 | by Waterline Admin

Staff at a Moray care home have been told they are not doing enough to manage the risk a potentially deadly bacteria poses to its elderly residents.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has given Abbeyside Nursing Home in Elgin until next Friday to improve its risk assessment around legionella.

The bacteria – found in water systems – can cause Legionnaires’ disease, a rare form of pneumonia.

At the time of the last Care Inspectorate visit to the privately-run facility in October, 22 people were living there.

But last night Brian Yeats, managing director of the home, said there had never been a case of Legionnaire’s in the home’s 35-year history.

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