Care Home Management Magazine

Dirty care homes and hospitals pose high risk of food poisoning

Residents and patients are being put at high risk of food poisoning after an investigation found 400 care homes, hospitals and hospices are currently rated as requiring “major”, “urgent” or “necessary” improvement in food and hygiene ratings.

Analysis of food hygiene reports obtained by the Press Association revealed out-of-date food being served and mouldy kitchens and unclean worktops, food trolleys and sinks.

Glenfield Hospital in Leicester was found to be among six hospitals and 100 care homes given a rating of two – ‘improvement necessary’.

The data, gathered from a Freedom of Information request and reports from the Food Standards Agency (FSA), also found evidence of a cockroach infestation at one care home, with another showing signs of rats.

Two hundred and five are ranked as two – ‘improvement necessary’. They include six hospitals and about 100 care homes.

Parkview Residential Care Home in Bexleyheath, south-east London, was found to have an ‘infestation of Oriental cockroaches’ during an inspection.

The kitchen was closed voluntarily for the second time following a previous warning and inspectors gave it a zero rating.

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