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Scots need first aid training, according to charity

Posted: October 24th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The Scottish charity St Andrew’s First Aid has warned that people in Scotland are too dependent on the emergency services, and that more than three quarters of the general public do not have any basic first aid skills. To address this skills shortage, the charity is launching a super-hero themed campaign in order to raise awareness of how important first aid training can be in an emergency situation. As many as 34,000 people end up in hospital every year due… Read more »

X Factor house fails fire safety checks

Posted: October 23rd, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

According to the Daily Mirror, the Hertfordshire mansion which currently houses the remaining X-Factor contestants has failed fire safety checks. Inspectors visiting the £4,000-a-week Hertford Heath home found a number of fire safety problems, some caused by the messy behaviour of the inhabitants. However, other issues, such as a lack of emergency exit signs, suggest the owners of the house may need a little fire safety awareness training to ensure conditions are up to standard. Commenting on the situation, a… Read more »

Chinese restaurant in Scotland fined for food safety breaches

Posted: October 22nd, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

The owners of a Chinese restaurant in Stockbridge, Edinburgh, have been fined over £1,000 after breaching numerous food hygiene laws. The restaurant, called The Green Kitchen, had its kitchens shut down three times in the past due to hygiene failures. These included: • Raw meat stored next to cooked food and salad items • Herbs which had obviously been nibbled by rodents • A build-up of dirt and rodent droppings in certain areas of the kitchen After making improvements, the… Read more »

Children’s care home ordered to improve standards

Posted: October 21st, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

A children’s care home and school in West Lothian, Scotland, has been warned that it must make urgent improvements to standards or it will face legal action. The school, a council-funded facility which houses vulnerable children between 11 and 16 who have serious behavioural and emotional problems, has been issued with an eight-point Improvement Notice by the care watchdog, the Care Inspectorate. The Improvement Notice was issued following reports of numerous incidents at the home, from assaults to vandalism. A… Read more »

Dublin apartment block identified as a fire hazard

Posted: October 20th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A residential development located in the Dublin suburb of Donaghmede has been dubbed a fire hazard by the authorities, and more than 100 residents have been told to leave their homes on a temporary basis for their own safety. A court heard recently that the Priory Hall apartment block breached numerous fire safety regulations. These violations were so serious, in fact, that if a fire broke out, it could engulf the whole building in a matter of just minutes. Over… Read more »

Can you respond to a first aid emergency?

Posted: October 19th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon 1

Unfortunately, a lot of people fail to realise just how important first aid training is until an emergency happens, and they realise they have no idea what to do. At this time, it is too late, and a person’s life could be in danger because no one is able to provide basic life support until an ambulance arrives. The obvious way to avoid this kind of awful situation is to undergo first aid training as a precautionary measure. Many people… Read more »

1 in 7 care homes not feeding patients properly

Posted: October 18th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

A shocking new report from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has revealed that one in seven UK nursing homes is failing to ensure residents are well-nourished and properly hydrated. Inspectors from the CQC visited a total of 599 nursing homes between October 2010 and July 2011, and found that as many as 84 of them were failing to meet legal requirements in relation to food and drink. Widespread examples were uncovered of elderly, vulnerable patients who were not getting enough… Read more »

First Hull Trains staff gain food safety qualifications

Posted: October 17th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

Members of staff from the rail company First Hull Trains have been awarded new food safety qualifications after undergoing training courses. First Hull Trains serves food and drinks to travellers who use its direct Hull to London services, and also sources local products to be served on board trains. Like any other business which serves food, First Hull Trains needs to ensure that excellent standards of food hygiene, as well as health and safety, are maintained across all parts of… Read more »

Investigation launched into Suffolk machine accident

Posted: October 16th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

An investigation is to be launched by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into an incident at a factory in Little Wratting, Suffolk, in which a man suffered head injuries. The injured man, who has not been named but was believed to be in his forties, was working at pork products factory Vion Food at the time of the incident. He sustained his injuries after becoming trapped in a piece of machinery, and was taken immediately to a nearby hospital…. Read more »

Burton hospital passes CQC checks with flying colours

Posted: October 15th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published a report confirming that Burton’s Queen’s Hospital is meeting all standards relating to the safety of patients and the quality of care they receive. The hospital, which often takes in elderly patients, was inspected by the CQC in April, as part of a nationwide initiative by NHS Trusts to assess whether elderly people are receiving the best standards of care. Of all 100 hospitals and care homes inspected, Queen’s Hospital was among the… Read more »

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