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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 20 November 2012
Date of Publication: 13 December 2012
Inspection Report published 13 December 2012 PDF | 77.46 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 20 November 2012, talked with people who use the service and talked with staff.

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 looked at the medicines kept at the clinic and saw that most of them were in date and were stored safely and securely. We also saw that the staff had a system put in place to audit medicines by regularly checking the expiry dates of medicines. We saw that most medicines stored were within their expiry date. However we found that one medicine was out of date. We spoke with staff about this and they showed us records to show that this medicine was on order and that there was an issue with the manufacture to supply this medicine. They told us that they were keeping the expired medicine as a safety precaution until this medicine was sent to them.

We found that the staff had a system to check the stock levels of medicines at the clinic and in most cases the system showed that the stock levels were correct. We found that in the treatment rooms that there was a good availability of medicines for medical emergencies and that oxygen cylinders were full and within their expiry date.

We found that the oxygen cylinders in the consultation room were empty and had gone passed their expiry date. The registered manager told us that the oxygen cylinders were kept in the consultation room for storage purposes only and that they had arranged for the cylinders to be collected and replaced. They also told us that they had removed the oxygen regulator and tubing from the empty cylinders so that they could not be used by the staff. They said that they had explained to the staff that the oxygen cylinders in the consultation room were not in use. This was to make sure that the staff used the right oxygen cylinders in the event of a medical emergency.