The Care Quality Commission is to carry out an inspection of a hospital following the death of a patient from Legionnaires’ Disease.

The independent health regulator for England will begin its inspection of the Royal United Hospitals (RUH) Bath NHS Foundation Trust on Tuesday, March 15.

It comes after a jury at Avon Coroner’s Court concluded that Bath man Terry Brooks died from pneumonia caused by Legionella he caught from the hospital’s water supply.

It also follows the temporary closure of Paulton Birth Centre last month after Legionella bacteria were found in the centre’s water system. Services at the centre are provided by the RUH.

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