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Asbestos

Following amendments to the Control of Asbestos Regulations, 2006 which states that all non-domestic premises have a duty to manage asbestos, you will be aware that we have been in negotiation with a fully accredited company, Asbestos Surveying Industries Ltd, to secure discounts for such...

Car Parks

A surgery was sued several years ago, when a patient slipped and injured themselves in the car park, which was slippery following a cold spell causing ice to form. As a result the BMA was asked for a legal opinion on what to do when weather is bad to minimise the practice's risk to...

Clinical Waste & Sharps Boxes

Clinical Waste Audits Since the introduction of the Environment Agency (EA) guidance for waste management companies in 2007, there has been a change in the way that healthcare waste is regulated in England and Wales. All healthcare waste producers, including GP practices, must provide audits of...

CQC Infection Control

There have been a lot of 'urban myths' floating around over the past few years about what CQC means for practices, such as practices having to remove any toys from waiting rooms and replacing all their carpets. These aren't true but there is a need for practices to be compliant with regulations...

Music Licenses & PPL Licensing For Waiting Rooms

If you play music or have the television on in your waiting room, and/or you play music when using your 'hold' facility on the phone, then you probably need to obtain a PRS (Performing Rights Society) License, or a PPL (Phonographic Performance License). The following will help you to choose...

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT)

The frequency of inspection and testing required for each piece of equipment will vary depending on the following: The environment: Equipment in a benign environment is likely to suffer less damage than equipment in an arduous environment. The users: If users report damage promptly hazards...

Premises

Independent contractors operating under a specific set of regulations provide most NHS primary care. Working with them on premises developments can be complex because they are responsible for securing suitable premises from which they deliver primary healthcare for the local population....

Public Liability Insurance

Public liability insurance is advised if members of the public or customers come to your premises or you go to theirs (including working from home). It is a voluntary insurance (in contrast to employer's liability insurance) Public liability insurance covers any awards of damages given to a...