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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 27 February 2012
Date of Publication: 21 March 2012
Inspection Report published 21 March 2012 PDF | 51.01 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 reviewed all the information we hold about this provider, carried out a visit on 27/02/2012, checked the provider's records, observed how people were being cared for, talked to staff and talked to people who use services.

Our judgement

Systems in place for the management of medication ensure that people are not placed at unnecessary risk.

User experience

One person we spoke with during our visit told us that they did not know what the tablets they took were for. The same person went on to tell us that they would recognise if they were given something different to their usual medication and that they would ask about it.

Other evidence

We looked at the systems in place for the management of medication to ensure that people were not placed at unnecessary risk.

The staff member on duty told us that medication was supplied by a local chemist. We saw that medication was stored securely in a wall mounted lockable cabinet in a locked office.

We saw that the medication cabinet was divided so that each person had their own section. We noted that where applicable, prescribed medication had been provided in blister packs. Where this was not appropriate we saw that medication was being stored in its original packaging.

We were shown the information available regarding the medication prescribed for each person. We saw that it contained details of what the medication was and what it had been prescribed for. We also noted that there was information about how each individual preferred to take their medication.

The staff member on duty told us that each person had their own medication administration record (MAR) chart. We looked at two MAR charts and saw that they had been signed to demonstrate that medication had been administered as prescribed. We noted that there was a gap in recording on both charts we looked at for the same date and time. We pointed this out to the member of staff on duty who confirmed that the applicable medication had been administered.

We saw that a record of stock levels of medication were maintained and recorded on individual MAR charts. We checked the stock levels of one prescribed medication and found that it tallied with the number of tablets available and administered.

Training records we looked at confirmed that staff had received training in the safe handling of medication. The member of staff we spoke with confirmed that she had received medication training.