Clinical waste kept near play equipment

Clinical waste kept near play equipment – inspectors rule dentist does “not meet standards.

Clinical waste was left near children’s play equipment at a dentist in Rugby branded unsafe by health watchdogs.

Polmedics Ltd in Lower Hillmorton Road was inspected by the Care Quality Commission in December last year.

A report released last week stated that the practice “did not meet standards” in all key areas under review – these were how safe the service was, how well-led it was, how effective it was and responsive services were.

The unannounced inspection was carried out after “serious concerns” were raised about two of Polmedics Ltd other surgeries in the West Midlands.

Following the inspection, the practice took actions to close until January 31, 2017.

CQC inspectors will always take notice of waste management matters since failures there, and there are many, will often indicate performance issues in other areas.

But this particular report brings an additional smile to my face. Directly opposite CIWM Headquarters is a children’s nursery. Separated only by a low ornamental iron fence with gaps more than wide enough to reach through, is a clinical waste Eurocart, clearly unlocked as on occasions its lid gapes because of overfilling with Tiger bags of, presumably, nappies and miscellaneous wastes.

It’s too close, as inspectors would immediately realise, and an easy and brightly coloured target for inquisitive little hands.



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