Case 340 - Hot drinks not allowed in a health centre


A local health centre has a flashing notice saying that the Practice Manager does not allow hot drinks in the surgery because of health & safety regulations.

Panel opinion

The practice manager's decision to ban hot drinks from the waiting room seems a sensible way to avoid scalding accidents in a busy area and to avoid spills and mess in an environment which needs to be kept clean and tidy. It would be much better if this was properly explained though rather than just resorting to "for health and safety reasons".