Wesley Hospital cleared of negligence from legionella scare

THE hospital at the centre of the legionella scare this year which saw 260 facilities across Queensland tested for the deadly bacteria has been cleared of any negligence.

The unprecedented state-wide legionella testing regime was ordered after a patient died from the disease at Brisbane's Wesley Hospital.

Health Minister Lawrence Springborg, who tabled a report into the legionnaires' outbreak in State Parliament on Thursday, said public health facilities across the state spent between $20,000 and $100,000 testing for and tackling the potentially deadly bacteria.

"These facilities reported more than 5,000 test results and of these, 83 public and 76 private facilities were free of legionella," Mr Springborg said.

"Positive samples were returned at 106 facilities across the state.

"On top of the logistical issues posed by this task, there has also been a large financial impact on some Hospital and Health Services," he said

The review identified key areas for improvement to ensure a more robust approach to preventing and controlling legionella and legionnaires disease in Queensland including increased regulation, periodic testing, electronic data management, national collaboration and consistency along with increased community awareness.

Queensland's Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young cleared the Wesley Hospital of any negligence, but found administrative flaws in the way the hospital managed the outbreak.