Water coolers banned from Scotland's hospitals due to infection risk

August 30, 2019

Water coolers are to be removed from every hospital in Scotland to cut potentially fatal infection risks to patients and staff, according to an article on the Scotsman website.

Healthcare facilities' staffs in Glasgow were told to drink tap water instead of bottled water from coolers. 

The NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) confirmed it was the first board to implement a new national infection control directive due to be released by Health Facilities Scotland. 

The action has been taken because of the potential for bacteria to grow in the nozzle and the water bottle if not routinely used, posing an infection risk to vulnerable patients. 

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