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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 29 October 2013
Date of Publication: 23 November 2013
Inspection Report published 23 November 2013 PDF | 72.23 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 29 October 2013, observed how people were being cared for and checked how people were cared for at each stage of their treatment and care. We talked with people who use the service, talked with carers and / or family members, talked with staff and reviewed information sent to us by commissioners of services.

We used the Short Observational Framework for Inspection (SOFI). SOFI is a specific way of observing care to help us understand the experience of people who could not talk with us.

Our judgement

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

Reasons for our judgement

We found that appropriate arrangements were in place in relation to medicines ordering, receipt, administration and recording. The medicines administration records were fully completed to show the treatment people had received. Audits of medication and recording were in place to assist the manager in identifying any errors which may occur so that action could be taken quickly. One senior staff member was responsible for the management of medications so that the GP's surgeries and pharmacy would know who to contact with any issues