Further to the most recent post from my colleague, Dave Jolliffe, I would like to re-iterate the standards adhered to at Latchmere Leisure Centre; We run our pool in conjunction with strict PWTAG guidelines and the staff are trained on the normal operating procedures for the swimming pool, including the event of faeces contaminating the pool. We have a trained pool plant operator on every shift and they manage the pool water quality and testing.
Our lifeguards should try and encourage all participants to shower before entering the pool however their main and most important duty is ensure the pool is safe. We encourage them not to talk when on poolside as this could distract them from the pool focus. We do have various posters and leaflets explaining best practice for users including showering before use however we cannot simply police every customer.
We have a full time Technical Manager who carries out essential maintenance of the pool plant and ensures the water is of the highest quality. We have regular daily, weekly and quarterly cleaning schedules in place.
Furthermore we also have an external company that takes water samples and performs a monthly bacteriological test, all of which are within the recommended guidelines.
The information provided previously is the guidelines for a healthy 'germ free' pool as recommended by the health protection agency and relate to all pools not just Latchmere Leisure Centre.
There has been a lot of recent press regarding the recent noro virus epidemic. To avoid the virus spreading we urge all swimmers to avoid swimming for at least two weeks after being given the all clear.
We are currently looking to create a buggy park in the centre to avoid buggies being brought near to the poolside and will soon be implementing an overshoes policy where you will not be able to enter the changing areas without these. Overshoes will be readily available and given out when purchasing a ticket from reception. The reception team will remind customers of our aqua nappy policy however if customers do forget one they are available to purchase at reception. If your child still wears a nappy them we must request they wear aqua nappies in our pool.
All of these measures are to keep our pool at the highest possible standards for all the public to enjoy.
Once again I would welcome any specific issues to come directly to the centre, please call on 0207 207 8004 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
General Manager, Latchmere LC