The dental service and other healthcare providers within the centre are open, and the surgery is running out of the nearby Douglas Grove Surgery.
A spokesman for NHS Property Services, landlord for the Witham Health Centre in Mayland Road, said: “We can confirm Witham Health Centre remains open. As a landlord, we routinely conduct water testing across our estate and at Witham Health Centre we found positive testing for legionella bacteria on a sample from one tap in a non-patient area of the centre. In line with best practice guidelines we immediately arranged for the water system at the building to be fully flushed, cleaned and disinfected by a specialist contractor, allowing the majority of health services to continue to be provided at the centre. The GP practice at the site, Dr P K Mohanty & Partner, has opted to temporarily relocate to Douglas Grove Surgery until mid-January while further water testing is concluded.”
They said all other patients who do not require the surgery should attend appointments as normal.
A notice on the surgery’s website says it will be closed for maintenance but the phone number to make appointments remains the same, and patients’ calls will be redirected.