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The dangers of legionella in hospitals

Most older hospitals have to manage the legionella risk by keeping the concentration of the bacteria as low as possible. It is an accepted fact that many water systems within hospitals can never be ‘legionella free’ due to their complex water systems, age and regular refurbishments.

Many hospitals cannot rely on temperature control to manage legionella and utilise other technologies such as chlorine dioxide.

Hospitals have the most susceptible ‘at risk’ people as patients, so undertake as many as 100 legionella tests every week to monitor the water quality amongst their 1000’s of taps, showers and sluices.

New NHS guidance requires augmented care units to undergo Pseudomonas aeruginosa screenings.

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Legionella Test Kit

· The cost of this product includes the following:-

· Instructions on filling the sample bottle(s).

· Details on when to contact AquaCert (at least 24 hours before taking the sample) to arrange sample pick-up.

· A courier collection  from your selected address to our laboratory.

· Laboratory analysis.

· Certificate of analysis.

· Interpretation of the results and the level of risk (if the sample shows positive).

· Recommendations on how to reduce the risk.

Notes

In addition to the cost of the test, AquaCert Ltd charge the current postage rate to send the pack out to your selected address.

Water samples are incubated for a full 10 days at the laboratory before the final results can be confirmed.

There are over 50 different species of legionella, some are much more pathogenic than others. Whenever we find legionella bacteria we will perform additional analysis (at no extra cost) to identify if  the strain is legionella Pneumophila and provide professional advice on the risks posed.

TVC\E.Coli\Coliforms

· The cost of this product includes the following:-

· Instructions on filling the sample bottle(s).

· Details on when to contact AquaCert (at least 24 hours before taking the sample) to arrange sample pick-up.

· A courier collection  from your selected address to our laboratory.

· Laboratory analysis.

· Certificate of analysis.

· Interpretation of the results and the level of risk (if the sample shows elevated TVC counts or positive for E.Coli/Coliforms)

· Recommendations on how to reduce the risk.

 

Notes

In addition to the cost of the test, AquaCert Ltd charge the current postage rate to send the pack out to your selected address.

Water samples are incubated for 72 hours at the laboratory before the final results can be confirmed.

 

 

Pseudomonas aeruginosa

· The cost of this product includes the following:-

· Instructions on filling the sample bottle(s).

· Details on when to contact AquaCert (at least 24 hours before taking the sample) to arrange sample pick-up.

· A courier collection  from your selected address to our laboratory.

· Laboratory analysis.

· Certificate of analysis.

· Interpretation of the results and the level of risk (if the sample shows positive)

· Recommendations on how to reduce the risk.

 

Notes

In addition to the cost of the test, AquaCert Ltd charge the current postage rate to send the pack out to your selected address.

Water samples are incubated for 48 hours at the laboratory before the final results can be confirmed.

 

Mycobacteria

· The cost of this product includes the following:-

· Instructions on filling the sample bottle(s).

· Details on when to contact AquaCert (at least 24 hours before taking the sample) to arrange sample pick-up.

· A courier collection  from your selected address to our laboratory.

· Laboratory analysis.

· Certificate of analysis.

· Interpretation of the results and the level of risk (if the sample shows positive)

· Recommendations on how to reduce the risk.

 

Notes

In addition to the cost of the test, AquaCert Ltd charge the current postage rate to send the pack out to your selected address.

Mycobacteria are very slow growing; the water samples are incubated for 28 days at the laboratory before the final results can be confirmed.

 

 

Sulphate Reducing Bacteria

· The cost of this product includes the following:-

· Instructions on filling the sample bottle(s).

· Details on when to contact AquaCert (at least 24 hours before taking the sample) to arrange sample pick-up.

· A courier collection  from your selected address to our laboratory.

· Laboratory analysis.

· Certificate of analysis.

· Interpretation of the results and the level of risk (if the sample shows positive)

· Recommendations on how to reduce the risk.

 

Notes

In addition to the cost of the test, AquaCert Ltd charge the current postage rate to send the pack out to your selected address.

Sulphate Reducing Bacteria are slow growing; the water samples are incubated for 21 days at the laboratory before the final results can be confirmed.

 

 

Nitrite Reducing Bacteria

· The cost of this product includes the following:-

· Instructions on filling the sample bottle(s).

· Details on when to contact AquaCert (at least 24 hours before taking the sample) to arrange sample pick-up.

· A courier collection  from your selected address to our laboratory.

· Laboratory analysis.

· Certificate of analysis.

· Interpretation of the results and the level of risk (if the sample shows positive).

· Recommendations on how to reduce the risk.

 

Notes

In addition to the cost of the test, AquaCert Ltd charge the current postage rate to send the pack out to your selected address.

Water samples are incubated for 5 days at the laboratory before the final results can be confirmed.

 

Std Dental Water Line

· The cost of this product includes the following:-

· Instructions on filling the sample bottle(s).

· Details on when to contact AquaCert (at least 24 hours before taking the sample) to arrange sample pick-up.

· A courier collection  from your selected address to our laboratory.

· Laboratory analysis.

· Certificate of analysis.

· Interpretation of the results and the level of risk (if the TVCs are elevated or the water shows positive  for Pseudomonas).

· Recommendations on how to reduce the risk.

 

Notes

In addition to the cost of the test, AquaCert Ltd charge the current postage rate to send the pack out to your selected address.

Water samples are incubated for 3 days at the laboratory before the final results can be confirmed.

 

Enhanced Dental Water Line

· The cost of this product includes the following:-

· Instructions on filling the sample bottle(s).

· Details on when to contact AquaCert (at least 24 hours before taking the sample) to arrange sample pick-up.

· A courier collection  from your selected address to our laboratory.

· Laboratory analysis.

· Certificate of analysis.

· Interpretation of the results and the level of risk (if the TVCs are elevated or the water shows positive for Pseudomonas, Mycobacteria or Legionella).

· Recommendations on how to reduce the risk.

 

Notes

In addition to the cost of the test, AquaCert Ltd charge the current postage rate to send the pack out to your selected address.

The results will be sent out in 2 stages, the TVCs and Pseudomonas after approx. 4 days and the Legionella/Mycobacteria after 30 days.

 

Swimming Pool Monthly

· The cost of this product includes the following:-

· Instructions on filling the sample bottle(s).

· Details on when to contact AquaCert (at least 24 hours before taking the sample) to arrange sample pick-up.

· A courier collection  from your selected address to our laboratory.

· Laboratory analysis.

· Certificate of analysis.

· Interpretation of the results and the level of risk (if the TVCs are elevated or the water shows positive  for Pseudomonas).

· Recommendations on how to reduce the risk.

 

Notes

In addition to the cost of the test, AquaCert Ltd charge the current postage rate to send the pack out to your selected address.

Water samples are incubated for 3 days at the laboratory before the final results can be confirmed.

 

Spa/Hot Tub Monthly

· The cost of this product includes the following:-

· Instructions on filling the sample bottle(s).

· Details on when to contact AquaCert (at least 24 hours before taking the sample) to arrange sample pick-up.

· A courier collection from your selected address to our laboratory.

· Laboratory analysis.

· Certificate of analysis.

· Interpretation of the results and the level of risk (if the TVCs are elevated or the water shows positive for Pseudomonas).

· Recommendations on how to reduce the risk.

 

Notes

In addition to the cost of the test, AquaCert Ltd charge the current postage rate to send the pack out to your selected address.

Water samples are incubated for 3 days at the laboratory before the final results can be confirmed.

 

Spa/Hot Tub 3 Monthly

· The cost of this product includes the following:-

· Instructions on filling the sample bottle(s).

· Details on when to contact AquaCert (at least 24 hours before taking the sample) to arrange sample pick-up.

· A courier collection  from your selected address to our laboratory.

· Laboratory analysis.

· Certificate of analysis.

· Interpretation of the results and the level of risk (if the TVCs are elevated or the water shows positive for Pseudomonas).

· Recommendations on how to reduce the risk.

 

Notes

In addition to the cost of the test, AquaCert Ltd charge the current postage rate to send the pack out to your selected address.

Legionella bacteria take 10 days incubation before a final result scan be confirmed, if TVCs are elevated or Pseudomonas are found, AquaCert will contact you by phone/email before the final certificate is sent out.

 

Hydrotherapy Pool Weekly

· The cost of this product includes the following:-

· Instructions on filling the sample bottle(s).

· Details on when to contact AquaCert (at least 24 hours before taking the sample) to arrange sample pick-up.

· A courier collection  from your selected address to our laboratory.

· Laboratory analysis.

· Certificate of analysis.

· Interpretation of the results and the level of risk (if the TVCs are elevated or the water shows positive for Pseudomonas).

· Recommendations on how to reduce the risk.

 

Notes

In addition to the cost of the test, AquaCert Ltd charge the current postage rate to send the pack out to your selected address.

Water samples are incubated for 3 days at the laboratory before the final results can be confirmed.

 

Canine Hydrotherapy Monthly (Standard)

· The cost of this product includes the following:-

· Instructions on filling the sample bottle(s).

· Details on when to contact AquaCert (at least 24 hours before taking the sample) to arrange sample pick-up.

· A courier collection  from your selected address to our laboratory.

· Laboratory analysis.

· Certificate of analysis.

· Interpretation of the results and the level of risk (if the TVCs are elevated).

· Recommendations on how to reduce the risk.

 

Notes

In addition to the cost of the test, AquaCert Ltd charge the current postage rate to send the pack out to your selected address.

Water samples are incubated for 3 days at the laboratory before the final results can be confirmed.

 

Canine Hydrotherapy Monthly (Enhanced)

· The cost of this product includes the following:-

· Instructions on filling the sample bottle(s).

· Details on when to contact AquaCert (at least 24 hours before taking the sample) to arrange sample pick-up.

· A courier collection  from your selected address to our laboratory.

· Laboratory analysis.

· Certificate of analysis.

· Interpretation of the results and the level of risk (if the TVCs are elevated or the water shows positive for Pseudomonas).

· Recommendations on how to reduce the risk.

 

Notes

In addition to the cost of the test, AquaCert Ltd charge the current postage rate to send the pack out to your selected address.

Water samples are incubated for 3 days at the laboratory before the final results can be confirmed.

 

Washer Disinfector Weekly

· The cost of this product includes the following:-

· Instructions on filling the sample bottle(s).

· Details on when to contact AquaCert (at least 24 hours before taking the sample) to arrange sample pick-up.

· A courier collection  from your selected address to our laboratory.

· Laboratory analysis.

· Certificate of analysis..

· Interpretation of the results and the level of risk (if the TVC, hardness or conductivity levels are elevated).

· Recommendations on how to reduce the risk.

 

Notes

In addition to the cost of the test, AquaCert Ltd charge the current postage rate to send the pack out to your selected address.

Water samples for TVCs are incubated for 3 days at the laboratory before the final results can be confirmed.

 

Washer Disinfector 3 Monthly

· The cost of this product includes the following:-

· Instructions on filling the sample bottle(s).

· Details on when to contact AquaCert (at least 24 hours before taking the sample) to arrange sample pick-up.

· A courier collection  from your selected address to our laboratory.

· Laboratory analysis.

· Certificate of analysis.

· Interpretation of the results and the level of risk (if the sample shows positive).

· Recommendations on how to reduce the risk.

 

Notes

In addition to the cost of the test, AquaCert Ltd charge the current postage rate to send the pack out to your selected address.

The TVC and Pseudomonas will be reported after approx. 4 days. A second report will be issued for Mycobacteria.

Mycobacteria are very slow growing; the water samples are incubated for 28 days at the laboratory before the final results can be confirmed.

 

 

 

 

 

LAW

Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999
Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 1999

Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2010 Health & Safety at Work Act 1974

What sort of test do you want?

Legionella

TVC\E.Coli\
Coliforms

(Drinking Water Quality Test)

Pseudomonas
Aeruginosa

Mycobacteria

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