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Carlisle nursing home praised by Care Quality Commission

Posted: September 3rd, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A nursing home in Carlisle has been praised by the care watchdog, the Care Quality Commission (CQC), in a recent inspection report. After inspectors visited the Applegarth Nursing Home in an unannounced visit last July, a CQC report was released in which the home was praised for meeting six essential standards of care. These included: 1. Care and welfare of service users 2. Staffing 3. Meeting nutritional needs 4. Respecting and involving people who use services in their own care… Read more »

Food hygiene advice for community groups and events

Posted: September 2nd, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

Community events can be a great way to bring people together, whilst also raising money for a charity or other good cause. However, it is important to ensure that these events are carried out safely, especially where food products are served or sold to members of the public. Simply by observing some basic food hygiene rules and making sure every volunteer knows what standards are expected of them, members of the public can be protected against food poisoning and other… Read more »

9-year-old saves choking mum’s life using first aid training

Posted: August 29th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A nine-year-old boy from the West Yorkshire town of Bingley has been hailed as a hero after he saved his mother’s life when she started choking, using skills learnt at a first aid training course taken just a few days earlier. Schoolboy Kayne Holden was having dinner with his little brother and his mother Cherie when she started choking on a piece of food. She describes what happened: “I started to choke and couldn’t get air from anywhere. I pointed… Read more »

Portishead takeaway owner fined for fire safety breaches

Posted: August 28th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The owner of a takeaway restaurant in the Somerset town of Portishead has been prosecuted and fined after admitting violating fire safety rules and potentially endangering lives. The Kashmir Indian Tandoori Takeaway was visited by the Avon Fire and Rescue Service (AF&RS) following a recommendation by the local council’s food safety team, who suspected that the business might be breaching fire safety laws. The fire service found that owner Abdul Wahid had not carried out a fire safety risk assessment… Read more »

Belfast Health and Social Care Trust broke health and safety laws

Posted: August 27th, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

At a recent court hearing, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust admitted breaching health and safety rules and failing to ensure the safety of its staff and other persons. The facts of this particular case have not been released to the public, but it is known that the Trust pleaded guilty in Belfast Crown Court to failures to protect the health and safety of employees in February 2011. There were also other offences relating to the control and management of… Read more »

London restaurant fined nearly £10k for food hygiene breaches

Posted: August 26th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The owner of a takeaway restaurant in North East London has been fined nearly £10,000 after breaching food hygiene laws and repeatedly ignoring improvement notices and warnings. Problems at the Flavour Chicken restaurant in Havering were uncovered during a routine inspection of the premises by environmental health officers from Havering Council back in January 2012. Following another visit a few months later, the Council made it clear to new owner Mohammed Nazakat that he had to make improvements in the… Read more »

More than 900 care homes warned over poor standards this year

Posted: August 25th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

According to official figures from the Care Quality Commission (CQC), record numbers of care homes have been given official warnings over standards of care in the last 12 months. The health watchdog issued over 900 urgent improvement notices to UK care homes over the last year, which is a worrying rise of 43 per cent compared to the 600 notices handed out the year before. These warnings are issued to care homes in which standards are deemed unacceptable, or where… Read more »

Red Cross issues jellyfish first aid advice

Posted: August 24th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

After recent reports that increasing numbers of jellyfish have been spotted along the UK coastline, the British Red Cross has issued some vital first aid advice to people who may encounter them. Many people believe that urine can be the best treatment for a jellyfish sting, helping to alleviate the pain, but the Red Cross and anyone who has ever attended a first aid training course will tell you that this is not true. Joe Mulligan, the head of first… Read more »

When were your workplace fire alarms last tested?

Posted: August 23rd, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Fire alarms and smoke detectors in workplaces must be tested on a regular basis, to make sure that they’re working and importantly, that they will work if a fire breaks out. If you’ve been an employee, manager or even the owner of a company for a long time and you have never heard the fire alarm sound, it might be time for a test to be carried out. Testing during fire drills A good way to test the fire alarm… Read more »

£60,000 health and safety fine for Rolls-Royce

Posted: August 22nd, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

The auto manufacturer Rolls-Royce has reportedly been fined £60,000 for breaching health and safety regulations which led to a worker developing Carpal tunnel syndrome. Rolls-Royce employee Allan Thornewill, 55, who worked at the car company’s plant in the Derby suburb of Sinfin, was responsible for cleaning turbine blades. After prolonged exposure to the vibrations produced by these blades, Mr Thornewill developed Carpal tunnel syndrome. This condition affects many people who work with vibrating tools and machinery and causes a lot… Read more »

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