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Poole care home criticised by CQC over medication management

Posted: January 14th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

A care home in Poole has been criticised by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) after an announced inspection revealed poor management of residents’ medication. The Shores care home in Poole, which cares for people with learning disabilities and has a capacity of up to seven residents, was visited by CQC officers in November 2012. The inspectors found a few worrying problems relating to medication awareness training and management. For example: • Out of date medication was left in people’s medicine… Read more »

Swansea shop fined over food hygiene offences

Posted: January 14th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A convenience store in Swansea has been fined £5,000 over a series of food hygiene breaches, which included neglecting food safety training for staff and failing to keep the premises clean. The Premier Store in Fforestfach, which is managed by a firm known as Actseen, was found guilty of seven food safety breaches of the Food Hygiene (Wales) Regulations 2006. Officers from Swansea Council’s environmental health team visiting the shop in May 2012 on a routine inspection found a host… Read more »

First aid tips – asthma attacks

Posted: January 13th, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

As part of a first aid training course, you will learn how to deal with all kinds of allergic reactions. Asthma, a long-term condition which can be triggered by allergens and irritants in the environment, is amongst the most common you are likely to come across in everyday life. Most people with asthma have become adept at managing their condition and reacting to attacks. However, there are still situations in which your first aid training may be able to help… Read more »

Lincolnshire landlord fined over fire safety breaches

Posted: January 12th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

A landlord with a property in the Lincolnshire market town of Grantham has been prosecuted and fined after he was caught breaching fire safety regulations and endangering the lives of his tenants. Mr Hussein Dag was brought before Grantham Magistrates Court following an inspection by officers from Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service in 2012. A number of problems were found at Mr Dag’s property in the town’s Westgate area, indicating that the landlord had not taken the time to undergo… Read more »

Suffolk company fined over dangerous electrical fittings

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

A plastics manufacturing firm based in Suffolk has received a fine from Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court after the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found dangerous electrical fittings at its site. The company, Techplas, was first inspected by HSE officers in October 2011 over an unrelated issue. However, whilst visting the site in Sudbury, inspectors found a number of problems with the construction and maintenance of electrical system. Amongst the many problems found at the production site were the following:… Read more »

Inspection prompts concern over standards at Basildon care home

Posted: January 11th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A recent inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) of a nursing home in Basildon has raised serious concerns about care standards and safety of elderly residents. The Ghyllgrove nursing home in Ghyllgrove, which is run by the private healthcare company Bupa and has nearly 170 residents, was inspected by the CQC after complaints were made. A large number of problems were outlined in the resulting inspection report, such as the following: • Poor levels of record keeping training amongst… Read more »

First aid tips – treating wounds and bleeding

Posted: January 10th, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Amongst the most common types of medical emergency you are likely to come across in everyday life are wounds, cuts and bleeding. To be able to deal with these properly, it is recommended to undergo a first aid training course. However, here are a few of the basics that everyone needs to know about treating wounds and bleeding. Treating minor cuts and scratches When treating minor injuries, remember to: • Clean and dry your own hands before starting any treatment… Read more »

Residents evacuated after fire at Slough care home

Posted: January 9th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The residents of a care home in Slough were forced to evacuate their rooms last Wednesday (2nd January) after a fire broke out on the premises. Fire crews from Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS), operating from Slough Fire Station, were called to the Reach care home on Lower Cippenham Lane at just after midday. The smoke alarms in the building were set off by the blaze, alerting staff and residents to the danger. Around ten people were believed… Read more »

Hotel inspector’s restaurant receives low food hygiene rating

Posted: January 8th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A restaurant owned and run by the former star of Channel 5’s TV programme The Hotel Inspector has reportedly received a very low rating from food hygiene officers following a recent inspection. The kitchen of the Crown and Castle Hotel in Orford, Suffolk, owned by TV personality and hospitality industry expert Ruth Watson and her husband, was inspected by officers from Suffolk Coastal District Council at the end of November 2012. It was awarded a 1 star rating (out of… Read more »

The information employees need to know about health and safety

Posted: January 7th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

Employers have many responsibilities in relation to health and safety, such as carrying out a risk assessment and ensuring workers get the right level of health and safety training. Another important responsibility is providing employees with information about health and safety in the workplace. What should employers be telling their workforce? It is a legal obligation for employers to let their workers know of: • The risks and dangers related to their particular type of work, equipment and machinery, or… Read more »

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