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Legionella safety and the Care Quality Commission

September 2020

Are you an organisation which undergoes a Care Quality Commission inspection?
If so. Legionella control is one of the factors that can affect your CQC report.
The CQC will expect to see evidence that a risk assessment has been carried-out and that action has been taken to manage any risks that arise.
This may apply for example, to nursing homes and doctors’ surgeries.
We have provided a link in the comments below to guidance for doctors’ surgeries, contained in an article in Practice Business, a publication for GP surgery practice managers.
It says that Legionnaires’ Disease is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia and everyone is susceptible to infection; risk increases with age., but certain groups are more prone – for example, in its guidance the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) lists people over 45, smokers and heavy drinkers, people suffering from chronic respiratory or kidney disease, diabetes, lung and heart disease or anyone with an impaired immune system.
Then, crucially, adds:
“Now, consider who sits in your waiting room every day… many of your practice patients fall into the groups deemed vulnerable.”

Here’s a link to the article –

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