Many thanks to the team at Peninsula Community Health, the company that runs Launceston Hospital, for sending through an update on works to bring the site back into use following the discovery of legionella bacteria in the water system.
Following the closure of Launceston Hospital two weeks ago on Monday 18 February extensive work is now underway to replace the boiler and update the water system throughout the general hospital site and associated buildings.
As part of the overall refurbishment works to the heating and water system, additional measures have been taken to ensure compliancy to Infection Prevention Control. This includes fitting approximately 25 new sinks and new flooring in areas of the hospital including the main entrance. A deep clean will also be carried out before we reopen the site.
Peninsula Community Health gave a full update to the Overview and Scrutiny Committee this week at Cornwall Council to say that we expect all works to be complete towards the end of March.
Following completion of works, the system will be disinfected and we will reopen after a clear result is received (this take approximately ten days following testing)
The safety of patients and staff is of paramount importance to PCH and therefore the Hospital will not re-open until all of the above work is completed and subsequent water test come back clear.
It is planned that Launceston Community hospital will reopen fully on Wednesday 8 April 2013.