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Survey finds 80pc of us are risking our health with poor food hygiene practices

Posted: June 12th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A new survey carried out by the Food Standards Agency has found that around 80 per cent of people are putting their health at risk by failing to carry out even basic food hygiene practices. The research, carried out as part of Food Safety Week running from 10th to 16th June, involved asking people about cooking at home and whether they carry out practices and procedures commonly included in basic food hygiene training courses. A staggering 80 per cent of… Read more »

Mother urges parents to take first aid training

Posted: June 12th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A woman from Culcheth in Cheshire whose daughter survived a terrifying choking incident has urged parents to undergo first aid training. Naomi Simpson did not know what to do when her daughter Hannah began choking on a piece of apple when sitting in her high chair ten years ago. All this time later, her mother still remembers how terrifying it was to see her one-year-old turn white and her lips start to turn blue, without having the first idea what… Read more »

Criticism for Winchester care home over falling standards of care

Posted: June 11th, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

A care home in the Hampshire town of Winchester has been criticised by the health watchdog, the Care Quality Commission (CQC), after a recent inspection revealed that the home was failing to meet 9 out of 10 essential standards of care. The St Cross Grange care home was inspected by CQC officers in April 2013, just a month after its manager was struck off for failing to prevent an elderly woman choking to death back in 2009. The inspectors found… Read more »

Could investing in health and safety training actually save your business money?

Posted: June 11th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

In today’s tough economic climate, businesses are having to keep a close eye on their spending in order to balance their finances and stay afloat. This can mean that many business owners put some spending low on the list of priorities, such as health and safety training for example. Sending all of your staff members, or even a small proportion of your workforce, on a health and safety at work training course does require some expenditure. You might not think… Read more »

Food safety breaches uncovered at Hull care home

Posted: June 7th, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

The operator of a care home in Hull has been fined after pleading guilty to three food hygiene offences, which could have put residents’ health and safety in jeopardy. On a visit in March 2012, inspectors from the local council’s environmental health team found that the kitchen at the Woodford Care Home was not being managed properly. An extraction ventilation system was found to be insufficient, and the home did not have an adequate food safety management system, which includes… Read more »

West Somerset landlords take part in fire safety workshops

Posted: June 6th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

Landlords in West Somerset are learning more about fire safety as part of new schemes run by the local fire service With the aim of improving landlords fire safety knowledge and making rental properties safer for tenants, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service launched a series of training workshops. This was so successful that another scheme, called Firemark, has now been started. This will be run by West Somerset Community Safety Team, with Watch Manager Andy Troak at the… Read more »

First aid tips for summer – treating heatstroke

Posted: June 5th, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

During the summer, there is a greater chance of people suffering from heatstroke, which can be very dangerous. With the right first aid training, you can learn how to spot the signs of heatstroke and provide valuable assistance to someone suffering from it. What is heatstroke? Heatstroke occurs because the brain’s thermostat fails, so it is unable to regulate the temperature of the body. This can happen due to prolonged exposure to heat (i.e. spending too long in the sun)… Read more »

Care homes to banish bad press in National Care Home Open Day

Posted: June 4th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The reputation of the whole care sector is damaged by negative press reports on isolated cases where care home owners failed to maintain standards or invest in care training for their staff. Whilst it is important to expose homes where standards are not as they should be, individual cases are not a reflection on the whole of the sector. However, the care sector is now fighting back against negative press images with National Care Home Open Day, an initiative which… Read more »

First aid app backed by the Red Cross

Posted: June 1st, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A new app for smartphones that aims to give parents the basic first aid training they need to potentially save their children’s lives has been backed by the British Red Cross. The software, called the Baby and Child First Aid app, has only recently been launched. It was released just as research carried out by the Red Cross showed that only 13 per cent of UK parents have undergone first aid training which could help them save their children’s lives…. Read more »

CQC takes action against Plymouth care home over falling standards

Posted: May 31st, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The Care Quality Commission (CQC), the independent health watchdog, has confirmed that it has taken enforcement action against a care home in Plymouth in order to protect its residents. After inspecting the Southview Residential Care Home in an unannounced visit, officers from the CQC found that it was only meeting two of the 11 required standards. A number of further inspections were carried out, and concerns raised during these visits included: • Care and welfare needs of residents not being… Read more »

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