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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 15 May 2014
Date of Publication: 12 June 2014
Inspection Report published 12 June 2014 PDF

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

Not met 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 15 May 2014, observed how people were being cared for and talked with people who use the service. We talked with staff.

Our judgement

People were not protected against the risks associated with medicines because there were instances where prescribed medication had been administered but not signed for. This meant that procedures on administration of medication were not being followed.

Reasons for our judgement

People who we spoke with told us that they received their medication on time.

The service had suitable arrangements in place to protect people against the risks associated with the unsafe management of medicines, which included the obtaining, recording, administering, safe keeping and disposal of medication. The service used a recognised monitored dosage system. Medicines were kept safely. Every individual that required medication had an individual Medication Administration Record chart (MAR chart) which clearly stated the person's name, photograph, date of birth and allergy status.

We sampled the medicines administration records and noted some missing signatures. There were instances where prescribed medication had been administered but not signed for. This meant that procedures on administration of medication were not being followed. The medication administration records must be kept accurate at all times for the safety of people using the service. We were informed that staff were attending medication training at the end of the month.

Records were kept for medicines that had been received and disposed of. People were monitored regularly for effectiveness of treatment or evidence of any potential side effects or adverse reactions.

We saw that there were risk assessments in place for people who administer their medicines by themselves under staff supervision.