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Schoolgirls praised for first aid skills after terrifying stabbing incident

Posted: May 23rd, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

Three schoolgirls have been praised for their bravery and quick thinking after they were able to use first aid training they learnt at school to help save the life of a 15-year-old boy who was stabbed in a local park. The girls, two sisters aged 10 and 12 and their friend, aged 14, ran to the aid of the youngster after he was stabbed multiple times in Manford Way Park in north east London. They had recently had first aid… Read more »

UK food hygiene standards described as a “postcode lottery”

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

Standards of food hygiene in the UK have been described by the executive director of Which? as an “unacceptable postcode lottery”, after the consumer watchdog carried out an investigation of food outlets across the country. Using Food Standards Agency (FSA) hygiene ratings throughout the UK, the investigation found that there were wide variations between different areas. The south east London borough of Bexley was one of the worst of more than 2,000 postcodes for food hygiene, as six of its… Read more »

Do you know the risks of manual handling?

Posted: May 21st, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), manual handling is the cause of more than a third of all injuries that happen in the workplace. Despite this, many employers are not training their employees in safe manual handling techniques, nor are they putting other safety measures in place to protect their workers. What is manual handling? The term manual handling can be used to describe anything that requires moving a heavy object around. It could refer to someone whose… Read more »

Issues raised at Penwortham care home

Posted: May 21st, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

A care home in the Lancashire town of Penwortham, near Preston, has been told that it must make improvements in a number of areas after a recent inspection flagged up some quite serious concerns. The Priory Park Care Home was inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) earlier this year, with less than positive results. Of the nine areas the home was assessed in, CQC inspectors said that action needed to be taken in seven. Issues raised at the home… Read more »

First aid tips – stroke

Posted: May 20th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

Along with heart attacks, a stroke can be one of the most frightening medical emergencies to witness. However, if you have the right first aid training and are able to think and act fast, you may be able to provide valuable help to someone having a stroke. You could even save a life. How to recognise a stroke First of all, you need to be able to spot the signs of a stroke. You need to think FAST: • Face… Read more »

Company apologises for health and safety breaches

Posted: May 19th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

AWE, the company which manages the Ministry of Defence atomic bomb factory in Aldermaston, has issued an apology after breaching a number of health and safety laws and failing to prevent a worker being injured. There was a fire at the West Berkshire plant in August 2010, at a building used to make explosives. A large number of firefighters, from four brigades in total, were called to the scene but they were not informed that explosives were in the building…. Read more »

Should all care homes be fitted with sprinkler systems?

Posted: May 19th, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

The London Fire Brigade has called for all care homes in the UK to be fitted with fire sprinkler systems, following figures that showed that there are over 10 fires a week in care homes and sheltered accommodation in London alone. According to the Brigade’s records, there were a total 540 fires in care homes last year. 26 people were injured as a result of these incidents, and two people tragically lost their lives. The majority of UK care homes… Read more »

Food hygiene breaches uncovered at Preston restaurant

Posted: May 18th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

An Indian restaurant in Preston has been handed a low food hygiene rating after inspectors uncovered dirty conditions, mouse droppings and a string of other offences during a visit last year. The Naseeb Tandoori restaurant, on Preston’s Church Street, was visited by environmental health officers from Preston Council last year. Following the visit, the council’s Environmental Health manager Simon Neighbour said that the restaurant was “one of the worst examples” of food hygiene training and standards he has seen in… Read more »

Lancaster teen praised for first aid skills after helping injured cyclist

Posted: May 18th, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

A teenage girl from Lancaster has been praised for her quick thinking and first aid skills after she was able to help an injured man who had fallen from his bike. Emily Barrett, who is 15 and from Abraham Heights, was in the car with her mother, on the way to enjoy a day out in Blackpool, when the incident occurred. She saw a crowd gathered around a man lying on the floor, who had apparently fallen off his bike,… Read more »

Care home admissions temporarily halted due to safeguarding concerns

Posted: May 17th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

A care home in the Reading suburb of Tilehurst has temporarily stopped accepting new patients, after concerns were raised about standards and quality of care. The River View Care Centre, which is run by the care operator Life Style Care Plc, was told by Reading Borough Council recently that the decision had been made to stop placing patients at the home. The council had reportedly received a number of concerns about residents’ safety in just a short period of time,… Read more »

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