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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 20 August 2012
Date of Publication: 12 September 2012
Inspection Report published 12 September 2012 PDF | 48.85 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 20/08/2012, looked at records of people who use services, talked to staff and talked to people who use services.

Our judgement

The provider was meeting this standard.

People were protected against the risks associated with medicines because the provider had appropriate arrangements in place to manage medicines.

User experience

We did not talk directly to people about medication but in the course of conversation people told us that they were well supported to attend medical appointments. We also met two people who had medical conditions that required some type of medical support such as diabetes. People told us that they, with the support of the staff team, were able to manage the condition themselves which gave them independence.

Other evidence

During the review of this service we looked at the medication procedures. The home had clear procedures for the administration of medication and we could see from the Medication Administration Records (MAR) we looked at that these procedures were adhered to. We saw that the MAR charts had been signed to confirm administration and omission codes had been used correctly. The MAR charts had also been used to record medication as it was received into the home. The management had robust systems in place to audit the administration of medication procedures weekly to confirm that medicines were handled appropriately within the service.

During our visit it was noted that the service did not have storage for controlled drugs (CD’s) should they be needed. Before we left the owner was researching medication cabinets with the intention of replacing the medication cupboard in the office with a new one that included CD storage.