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Patients at King George Hospital were given bottled water last week after bacteria was found in the water supply.

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All water tanks at the hospital in Barley Lane, Goodmayes, were drained and inspected after “small traces” of contamination were found in routine samples taken from a sluice on Thursday.

The wife of a patient at the hospital, who did not want to be named, said: “We heard there was something wrong with the water and my husband was given bottles.

“They were putting filters that looked like white caps on the end of taps.”

A spokesman for Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust said the water system was re-chlorinated as a precaution.

She added: “Clinical services continued uninterrupted, patient care has been unaffected, and subsequent water sampling has confirmed that there is no further cause for concern.”

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