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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 18, 29 March and 8 December 2011
Date of Publication: 28 June 2011
Inspection Report published 28 June 2011 PDF | 214.66 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 18/03/2011, 29/03/2011, 08/12/2011, 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

Medicines are administered safely by staff trained to do so, with suitable storage facilities provided in the home. Staff seek advice and support from health care professionals with regard to people’s medicines.

Overall, we found that The Firs Specialist Residential Home was meeting this essential standard.

User experience

People who use this service made no specific comments about this outcome.

Other evidence

Practice observed during the visit confirmed that staff were administering medicines safely and in accordance with the doctor’s prescription. Medicine records were accurate and well completed and included any known allergies and photographs of people living in the home to facilitate safe administration. Further records within the care documentation reflected past medical history and why people were taking their medicines along with any contra indications. It also records the regular reviews completed by the general practitioner.

Medicines are stored in a drugs trolley that is secured to a wall. The trolley was found to be clean and well organised with the temperature of this area being monitored. The keys to the medicine trolley and storage area are always held by senior staff who is suitably trained. All staff involved in the administration of medicines are trained to do so and this was supported by the training records held in the home.

No medicines are being given covertly, some are being crushed and records confirmed that this had been discussed with the general practitioner to ensure appropriate.