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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 19 September 2012
Date of Publication: 8 October 2012
Inspection Report published 8 October 2012 PDF | 73.17 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 and carried out a visit on 19/09/2012.

Our judgement

Medications within the medication trolley were stored securely and proper procedures were followed in relation to the administration of medications so people were protected against the risks associated with medicines within these specific medication practices.

The provider was meeting this standard.

User experience

People spoken with made no comment on this aspect of their care.

Other evidence

Prior to our visit we received information alleging that the medication trolley was left unsecured and staff had administered medication without having received any training about how to do this safely.

During a tour of the environment we observed the medication trolley was secure and attached to a chain on the wall. Staff spoken with could not recall any occasions when the medicine trolley had been left open and told us this would not happen because of the risks from people having open access to medication.

The service accommodates people with nursing and residential needs. All medications were administered by the nursing staff. We saw the list of staff signatures for those people who were authorised to administer medication and checked the signatures against a sample of Medication Administration Records (MAR). We found that the signatures tallied with the records and there were no areas of concern.