PERFORMANCE: Basildon and Thurrock Univeristy Hospitals Foundation Trust is making progress on its long running battle to ensure its patients are not at risk of contracting legionella, board papers show.

There were 12 cases of hospital-acquired legionella between 2002 and 2011 at the trust. Legionella control at the trust has been subject to painstaking scrutiny with a report commissioned by NHS Midlands and East, the trust and the local PCT and published last year.

The trust’s progress against that report has now been looked at. There were 22 recommendations from the report, many of which were around monitoring and reporting.  A ‘confirm and challenge’ meeting has now decided that the trust has ‘a system under control.’ Many recommendations have been implemented and others will be completed within weeks.

The report suggests the issue is now one of sustaining the position and praises the trust for its considerable progress.