Legionella Testing: Edinburgh

Legionella EdinburghAmes Group’s dedicated and certified staff are here to offer you our expert Legionella services across the UK.

We are fully aware of the concerns and complexities surrounding Legionella, and we believe that educating the public falls under one of our most important duties. Identifying Legionella, and educating yourself on the ways to avoid contamination could save you from potential diseases and even fatalities.

Our team have broken down the core components of Legionella below.

What is Legionella?

Legionellosis is the collective term given to the diseases that surround the different forms of Legionella. Legionella is a bacteria-based disease that can cause severe infections that can also lead to Legionnaire’s Disease, which is a fatal form of pneumonia. Below are some of the summarised points defining what Legionella is made up of:

  • Legionella pneumophilia is essentially a bacterium that belongs to the genus Legionella
  • It is a natural occurrence within both water and soil environments
  • The bacteria within Legionella can rapidly expand in nutritious environments
  • Legionella is contracted via inhalation of contaminated water
  • Temperatures under 20 degrees will not affect the survival of Legionella bacteria, though, it does halt its expansion and multiplication. Anything above 60 degrees will see the bacteria die.

Owner of Ames Services, Alan Read, explains in the short video below what concerns surround Legionella , and some advice on how to tackle the disease:


Legionella Testing in Edinburgh

As many are aware, Edinburgh fell victim to an outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease back in 2012, resulting in the deaths of four people. During this time, a total of 92 cases were identified, though the investigation failed to provide any information regarding the source of the bacteria.

The HSE (Health and Safety Executive) declared that the investigation – which saw a team analyse legionella samples from various different sites – was one of the most extensive, and complex investigations ever undertaken.

The BBC interviewed Alistair McNab, head of the HSE operations in Scotland: “This was the largest outbreak in Scotland in the last 10 years and one of the most complex HSE has investigated, involving visits to multiple sites and dutyholders including contractors and sub-contractors to check compliance with Legionella control standards.”

A Quirky Outlook On Edinburgh

Edinburgh is also a place of phenomenal history and some very quirky facts!

If you’re not already familiar with Scotland’s capital city, you’re in for a treat, because Edinburgh is one of the fastest developing cities in Britain, and this is evidenced by everything that lies within.

St Margaret’s Chapel

Take St Magaret’s Chapel for example, it is the oldest building in Edinburgh, and was built in memory of Queen Margaret, who apparently died from a ‘broken heart’ after the death of King Malcom III, her husband. It was also the only building that did not suffer the horrors of war during 14th century England.

Rose Street

Rose Street wasn’t exactly the most glamorous of streets, as it was once the most popular location for prostitutes and their clients. The same name was actually used to describe red-light districts in town across Europe in this time.

Nor Loch Witch Trials

Today, Princes Street Gardens plays host to large crowds of people wanting to bask in the summer sun, however, this reality was very different in the past. The Nor Loch was once a location where witch trials regularly took place, over 300 apparently took place! The women were thrown into the grim, sewage water. Floating resulted in death by fire, and not floating, well, drowning, resulted in the same outcome, death.

Burke and Hare

Many people in Scotland will know the tales of Burke and Hare, the two bodysnatchers responsible for the deaths of around 16 people in order to provide medical students with cadavers to practice on. However, what many people don’t know is that the most well-attended lecture in Edinburgh’s history came in 1829 when the body of William Burke himself was dissected! Both his wallet and infamous death mask are now on display in the Surgeons’ Hall Museums.

“You’ll Have Had Your Tea?”

This was a common saying in Edinburgh in-around the 17/18th century, and some still use it today! The reason it was said was because people didn’t enjoy putting the kettle on in order to make tea for their guests. This came into popularity when Mackintosh of Borlum (a nobleman) did not enjoy putting up with the sound of noisy slurppers around high-profile guests.

Don’t Wait, Call Us Today

If you have any concerns regarding Legionella , even if they may be small, our dedicated and trustworthy Edinburgh team are always on hand to lend our services and advice. Contact us here for more information!