News article published: 6th October 2020
Residents at a care home in Northern Ireland have recently been relocated following the discovery of legionella bacteria in its water system. Legionnaires is a potentially fatal airborne disease which poses huge risks to the elderly and those with underlying health conditions. The care home said that legionella bacteria had been found during an inspection at the beginning of September, and added that no residents or staff were showing any signs of symptoms. “With remedial work already underway, the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) has taken the decision to temporarily relocate our residents from the home to other care facilities. Our staff’s immediate priority is to update the families of residents and manage their safe rehoming, with as little disruption as possible." the spokesperson said. The care home apologised sincerely to the residents and their families. They are said to be using this as an opportunity to modernise the facilities for its thirty-nine residents.