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Death leads to fine for Health Care firm

A healthcare firm has been fined for safety failings after a resident suffering from dementia fell to his death from a first floor window of an Essex nursing home. Kenneth Terrey, 74, of Buckhurst Hill, Essex, had been a resident at the Paternoster House Care House in Epping Forest for less than three months when he died on 9 March 2011. The owners of the nursing home, Barchester Healthcare Homes Limited, were sentenced today (1st November) after an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) established that his death could have been prevented had a faulty window restrictor been checked and fixed. Chelmsford Crown Court heard that Mr Terrey …Read More

Food Hygiene Rating Scheme

Did you know that Medway Council is instigating the nationally known Food Hygiene Rating Scheme over the next year or so.  This system gives all food premises a rating between 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent) and gives the general public an idea of the standards of that food establishment.  This information is displayed on a sticker (eg in the window) or is available on line to all interested parties. Part of the considerations for this rating is that all proprietors of food businesses must ensure that all food handlers (i.e. anyone who handles or prepares food, including drinks and ice) must be supervised, instructed and trained in food hygiene matters …Read More

Sharps Regulations will take effect this month

New regulations to control the risks posed by needles and other ‘sharps’ in healthcare will take effect this month. The Health and Safety (Sharp Instruments in Healthcare) Regulations will come into force on 11 May 2013. Northern Ireland will introduce equivalent regulations on the same date. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is introducing the new regulations to implement a European Directive. They will supplement the existing health and safety legislation that already requires employers across all sectors to take effective action to control the risk from sharps injuries. Employers and contractors working in the healthcare sector will be required to: Have effective arrangements for the safe use and disposal …Read More

Alzheimer’s and Stress

STRESSFUL lifestyles could be the key trigger for incurable Alzheimer’s disease, scientists believe. Even the trauma of bereavement or moving home could bring on dementia. Scientists funded by the Alzheimer’s Society are investigating the link and hope their findings could lead to new drug treatments to fight the disease. A study at the University of Kuopio in Finland has found that the long-term effects of stress may be the biggest cause of the disease. When stressed, our blood pressure rises as our heart beats faster and levels of the hormone cortisol in the bloodstream also increase. Experts believe once cortisol enters the brain it starts to kill off cells there, …Read More

Nursing home fined for elderly man’s fatal fall

Truro Crown court heard today that an elderly man with dementia was able to wander into another resident’s room at his nursing home and fall to his death from a window. Reginald Gibbings, 89, fell 3.6 metres from the room at Hillcrest House, Barbican Road, East Looe on 15 July 2008. Hillcrest House Ltd was fined £40,000 and ordered to pay £95,963 in costs in a prosecution brought by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). A compensation order of £2,300 towards the family’s funeral costs was also made. The court was told that Mr Gibbings had been admitted to the secure unit for elderly and mentally ill people at Hillcrest …Read More

Safety guidelines for sharps use in diabetes treatment

A group of medical professionals from 13 countries has agreed new global recommendations on ensuring the safety of patients and health-care workers relating to the use of needle injections for the treatment of diabetes. The recommendations, published by the Workshop on Injection Safety in Endocrinology (WISE) consensus group, were informed by the results of a four-month survey of sharps injuries among 634 nurses from 13 western European countries and Russia. This research an and other issues were discussed at the WISE event in October last year, which brought together a diverse group of 58 leaders in the field of diabetes safety from countries including the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, …Read More

CIEH Train the Trainer (PTLLS)

We are pleased to announce that we are putting on a 5 day PTLLS course at our Rainham training centre from 19-23 November inclusive.  This is a very valuable course and mandatory for all trainers wishing to work with adults (please see below) CIEH Level 3 Award in Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) From 2010 all existing trainers and teachers working in the publicly-funded sector should hold a recognised teaching qualification – either a Certificate or Degree in Education or one of the new qualifications. The CIEH has worked with LLUK, and gained their endorsement for a new qualification – the Level 3 Award in Preparing …Read More

Stabbed social worker wins right to sue

A social worker stabbed by a psychiatric patient has won a Court of Appeal case giving her the right to sue two health authorities responsible for her attacker’s care. Claire Selwood worked for Durham County Council and was responsible for the care of the patient’s child. She was stabbed six times by Graham Burton after he confronted her during a professional conference at his child’s school. Just two days earlier he had told medical staff at Cherry Knowle Hospital, Sunderland that he would kill her on the spot if he saw her. This was the last of a number of threats that were not acted upon. The attacker left the …Read More

£900,000 in Fines and Costs after Worker is Stabbed to Death

Large fines and costs have been ordered to be paid by a county NHS Trust and the owner of a former Dunstable care home, after they were found guilty of safety failings following the fatal stabbing of a care worker at a private residential care home in Dunstable.   Stephen Flatt, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, stabbed Kathleen Bainbridge at Abacus House with a knife from the kitchen. Barbara Hill was also attacked when she came to the aid of her colleague.   Central Bedfordshire Council and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) conducted a joint investigation, which revealed that the care home was the incorrect facility for …Read More

Care Company Fined £110,000 following Resident’s Fatal Fall

An elderly man, who was blind, wheelchair bound and suffered from diabetes died after falling down a flight of stairs at his Devon nursing home, a Court has heard. Patrick Foale, 75, who lived at the Redmount Nursing Home since 2001, fell down the stairs in his wheelchair after a fire door had been left open. He died the following day in hospital due to face and head injuries. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) brought the prosecution against Your Health Ltd, the owners of the home after investigation. The HSE concluded that the company had failed in its duty to provide a safe environment for Mr. Foale. The court …Read More