Legionella Control for GP Surgeries

All medical practices are required to have a written control scheme and legionella assessment to comply with the requirements of:

  • ACoP L8 and the associated technical guidance set out in HSG274 Part 2 and
  • HTM 04-01: The control of legionella, hygiene, "safe" hot water, cold water and drinking water systems

Where the medical practice includes dentistry, the assessment and control scheme should also take into account the requirements of HSG274 Part 3 and HTM 01-05: Decontamination in primary care dental practices.

Medical practices are subject to audit by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) who include legionella control arrangements in their audit checklists.

Effective legionella control in primary healthcare can be complex, particularly at larger health centres and clinics where a number of organisations share the same building.

The cleanliness of tank fed systems, turnover, temperature control, low use outlets and long distribution pipework runs are key issues as is the regular maintence of scald protection devices which are a particular feature of medical centre domestic water systems.

The requirements of water suppliers for adequate backflow protection of the mains supply must be taken into account and good record keeping is essential.

With more than 600 primary healthcare clients Watertec engineers are acknowledged experts in supplying legionella control solutions to the medical sector.