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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 28 August 2013
Date of Publication: 25 September 2013
Inspection Report published 25 September 2013 PDF | 77.7 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 28 August 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 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

It was confirmed by the registered manager that none of the people that were prescribed medication managed their medicines independently. People confirmed that staff administered their medication to them as prescribed.

Support plans were in place regarding people’s prescribed medications; this included information regarding their prescribed medicines, the level of support people required, including the way they preferred to take their medication.

Risk assessments were also in place regarding medication and demonstrated that people were supported to take their medication in a safe way.

We looked at the medication administration records for people that were prescribed medication; this included the records held for controlled drugs. Medication administration records contained photographic identification of the person, to ensure they were correctly identified. This is particularly important if staff are unfamiliar with the person they are administering medication to, for example new staff or staff covering in the event of sickness. The records were checked against the medication held and demonstrated that people had received their medication as prescribed.

We checked the recording of the clinical fridge temperatures. This was to check that the clinical fridge in use was maintained at a suitable temperature for any medicines that required cold storage. Records showed that the fridge temperatures were taken daily and recorded. These records showed that the fridge was within a safe temperature range. At the time of our visit no medications were in use that required cold storage.

A satisfactory medication policy was in place to ensure staff worked to current guidelines. Records were seen to demonstrate that staff administering medication had undertaken training, this included an observational assessment to ensure staffs competency.