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Archived: No 31 First Row

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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 12 December 2012
Date of Publication: 15 January 2013
Inspection Report published 15 January 2013 PDF | 78.53 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 12 December 2012, 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 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 saw that medicines were stored securely in a locked cupboard and that those currently being used were kept separately from those being stored for future use.

We saw that signatures were in place to indicate that a medicine had been given and if it had been refused this was also recorded. Because of the complex nature of some health issues there were detailed protocols in place to deal with any matters relating to the taking of or refusal to take medication. For example, there were clear instructions for when a General Practitioner or hospital should be contacted for help or advice.

We noted that when certain medicines were taken out of the home on trips there was a system for signing them out and signing them back in again. We saw that there were regular audits of the medication and the recording systems and that items were recorded when they were delivered to the home or disposed of.

We concluded that appropriate arrangements were in place in relation to the giving and recording of medicines.