Water coolers ditched in Scottish hospitals over health fears

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Water coolerWater coolers are to be banned from the wards (Image: SWNS.com)

A new NHS policy has started in Glasgow but will eventually be rolled out across the country in the coming months. It comes as unions say members at one hospital had repeatedly complained about the lack of drinking water for patients. An investigation at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow was launched following a string of infections including bugs linked to the water supply – prompting staff to be told to fill water bottles up from taps. It is understood there were fears infections could be linked to water dispensers.

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A spokesman for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) said it was the first board to follow a new national infection control directive.

NHS National Services Scotland (NSS), which advises the Scottish Government on health policy said there was “currently no ban on drinking water systems”.

But the NHSGGC said boards will be notified in the next “month or so” and all hospitals will be required to remove dispensers.

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