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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 20 January 2011
Date of Publication: 19 April 2011
Inspection Report published 19 April 2011 PDF | 202.98 KB

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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, carried out a visit on 20/01/2011, checked the provider's records, observed how people were being cared for, looked at records of people who use services, talked to staff and talked to people who use services.

Our judgement

People who use services had their medicines at the times they needed them and they were given in a safe way.

On the basis of the evidence provided and the views of the people using the service we found the service to be compliant with this outcome.

User experience

People and their relatives told us that they decided the home should deal with their medication. They said they had agreed to this arrangement. People told us that they got their medication when they needed it and on time.

Other evidence

We looked at how the staff managed the medicines of the people who lived at the home. All staff who administered medicines had received training. Their training was updated and their competencies were regularly assessed. The records showed that medication was given on time and safely. All the records were completed. Medication policies and procedures were available. Medication was stored safely and at the correct temperatures.

Some of the people staying at the home were prescribed medication on a ‘when required’ basis. These medications had written instructions and guidance for staff to ensure that the medication was administered consistently and that the effects were monitored. There was a monitoring system for when medication was given for pain, this made sure that people were kept comfortable and as pain free as possible. As people had varying communication needs, staff monitored and recorded the effect of such medication in the care plan.

Monthly medication audits were being done. These highlighted any issues that staff needed to address, in order to continue to administer medicines in the safest way.