GPs advised on legionella scare

The Wesley Hospital, has a moratorium on new admissions until at least next Wednesday, following confirmation of legionella pneumonia in two patients, one of whom has died.

Legionella bacteria was found in the hot water system.

The hospital is trying to contact about 4000 staff and former patients.

Dr Chris Beck, acting director of medical services, said patients who have concerns about their exposure and who exhibit respiratory symptoms and fever, in addition to any other tests, should undergo a legionella urinary antigen test and chest x