Nursing and Care Homes

Call us now on 0800 320 2037 to arrange for your Legionella testing kit to be sent out.

Our video demonstrates how easy it is to use one of our Legionella testing kits.

Why is the risk higher in care homes?

Elderly people are at high risk of contracting Legionnaires’ Disease, particularly if they also have health issues, as our immune systems decline with age.

Have you appointed a competent person to, conduct a legionella risk assessment, monitor and inspect your water system, and keep accurate records based on the requirements of the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) L8 Code of Practice.

Are you compliant with CQC guidance?

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is clamping down hard on care homes that have failed to put in place the right systems to control legionella bacteria.

Help fulfill your requirements under the CQC guidance, (Care Inspectorate in Scotland and CSSIW in Wales) by carrying out a legionella test.

Who is most at risk of contracting Legionnaires’ Disease?

People that are at risk of contracting Legionnaires’ Disease are those who: Have weakened or supressed immune systems, due to age or certain medical treatments, such as chemotherapy or following organ transplantation; Have heart conditions or bronchitic synonyms, including asthma; Smoke or have alcohol or drug dependency problems.

At some time or another, you will almost certainly have patients visiting the practice who fall into the ‘at risk’ categories for contracting Legionnaires’ Disease.

Where does Legionella bacteria come from and what causes it to grow?

Legionella bacteria are naturally found in the environment, usually in ponds, streams and reservoirs. Small but not dangerous numbers can be found int the hot and cold supply.

Poor temperature control within a water system, deadlegs in pipework and taps and showers that are infrequently used and not regularly flushed, can cause the bacteria to grow very quickly. At this point, there is a real risk of people contracting Legionnaires’ Disease.


Safewater Solutions Ltd
139 Victoria Street


0800 320 2037



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