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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 18 March 2014
Date of Publication: 13 June 2014
Inspection Report published 13 June 2014 PDF | 78.18 KB

People should be cared for in safe and accessible surroundings that support their health and welfare (outcome 10)

Meeting this standard

We checked that people who use this service

  • Are in safe, accessible surroundings that promote their wellbeing.

How this check was done

We looked at the personal care or treatment records of people who use the service, carried out a visit on 18 March 2014, checked how people were cared for at each stage of their treatment and care and reviewed information given to us by the provider. We were accompanied by a specialist advisor.

Our judgement

People who use the service, staff and visitors were protected against the risks of unsafe or unsuitable premises.

Reasons for our judgement

At the previous inspection we found that the provider had not taken adequate steps to provide care in an environment that was suitably designed and adequately maintained. We found that the room used for the developing of dental x-ray film was extremely small and did not have adequate ventilation. The room was not lockable and contained dangerous open containers of chemicals hazardous to health. This meant that staff were working under conditions that exposed them to risk and the area could be accessed by children using the service. At this inspection we found that ventilation was now in place and the area was kept locked.

At the previous inspection there were unsuitable arrangements in place for being able to respond to the event of fire, which put people using the service and staff at risk. We identified four old extinguishers on the floor in the back room, which had not been checked since 2004. There was also clutter in a back room which formed part of the fire escape route. There was a newer fire extinguisher still in its box which had not been put in use and the smoke alarm did not work when we tested it. We reported our concerns to the local fire safety officer. At this inspection we found that the provider had carried out all of the actions required by the local fire safety officer in order to protect people from the risk of fire.