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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 14 February 2014
Date of Publication: 7 March 2014
Inspection Report published 07 March 2014 PDF | 79.11 KB

People should be given the medicines they need when they need them, and in a safe way (outcome 9)

Meeting this standard

We checked that people who use this service

  • Will have their medicines at the times they need them, and in a safe way.
  • Wherever possible will have information about the medicine being prescribed made available to them or others acting on their behalf.

How this check was done

We looked at the personal care or treatment records of people who use the service, carried out a visit on 14 February 2014, observed how people were being cared for and talked with people who use the service. We talked with carers and / or family members and talked with staff.

Our judgement

The provider had appropriate arrangements in place for safe prescribing, administration, storage and disposal of medication.

Reasons for our judgement

Medicines were administered, stored and given to people appropriately and as prescribed.

We inspected the storage and administration of medicines in both units. Hazelwood unit and the main house had a clinical room where medicine trolleys were stored when not in use. We saw that these were locked to the wall for safety. We saw that stock medicines were stored in lockable cupboards, and that these cupboards were clean, tidy and well organised. We saw evidence of stock rotation of medicines. We found that bottles of medicine and eye drops were dated on opening, which showed good practice, as this ensured that staff would not use these items when they became out of date. We saw that room temperatures were monitored and recorded on a daily basis.

Controlled drugs were stored in an appropriate and designated locked cupboard with the controlled drugs register completed appropriately.

Each unit contained a drugs fridge for storing specific medicines, both of which were kept locked. The temperatures of the drugs fridges were recorded each day to ensure these medicines were kept at correct temperatures.

We were informed that the supplier of the medications was currently being changed and that the new supplier would be carrying out regular medication audits for the provider.