MHRA National Patient Safety Alert

The MHRA issued a ‘National Patient Safety Alert’ in August 2023 regarding deaths and injuries from entrapment or falls.


The MHRA issued a ‘National Patient Safety Alert’ in August 2023, following continued reports of deaths and serious injuries from entrapment or falls relating to medical beds, bed rails, trolleys, bariatric beds, lateral turning devices and bed grab handles.

Date of Issue: 30-Aug-23

Reference No: NatPSA/2023/010/MHRA

Spearhead offer full support to ensure you are compliant with the requirements of this notice as detailed below;

Action Required


Provide training for staff who are involved in assessing needs and risk assessments for bed rails and other equipment.

Deadline: 31 August 2024


Implement maintenance and servicing programme for all devices, which includes profiling care beds, and prioritise older non-maintained equipment.

Deadline: 1 March 2024


Update policies and procedures for provision, prescribing and maintenance of these devices, equipment inventory records and review/assessment of residents.

Deadline: 1 March 2024

Spearhead Support


Spearhead offer compliance ‘Good Practice’ training for care home staff and bed rail specifications.

To request training, email or call 0345 180 1800.


Spearhead Service provide equipment maintenance contracts to ensure you are compliant with all relevant legislation, including manufacturer’s guidelines. Our Service team can assist you with ensuring the equipment in your care home is fully compliant with this alert.

To request equipment maintenance, email or call 0345 180 1800 > option 2.


Spearhead supply a range of compliant anti-entrapment equipment and accessories.

This communication is for information purposes only. It is the personal responsibility of care providers to read the 'National Patient Safety Alert' notice and achieve compliance.

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