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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 30 September 2014
Date of Publication: 31 October 2014
Inspection Report published 31 October 2014 PDF


Inspection carried out on 30 September 2014

During an inspection looking at part of the service

When we visited Avon Lodge Care Centre in May/June 2014 we found that the arrangements in place for the ordering, administration of some �time-specific� medicines and �covert� medicines and records were not robust enough to ensure people received their medicines safely. The provider submitted an action plan on the 17 July 2014 and told us about the actions they were taking to ensure the management of medicines was safe. The purpose of the inspection was to check that the improvements had been made.

This inspection was carried out by one inspector. During the inspection we spoke with the registered manager and four nurses. We spoke briefly with a number of people to find out how they were but did not ask them about their medicines. We looked at the medicine administration records on all three floors and the medicines audits that had been completed. We observed medicines being dispensed on one floor and checked the storage arrangements on all three floors.

We used the information we collected during this inspection, to answer one of the five questions which now form the basis of our inspections. Is the service safe?

Is the service safe?

Each person needed to be supported with their medicines. The lead nurses on each unit were responsible for ordering medicines and this had eliminated the possibility of supplies running out. People�s medicines were administered at the times they were due. Appropriate records were kept of medicines administered and these were regularly audited. Medicines were stored safely and there were suitable arrangements in place for the storage of controlled drugs. Any creams and ointments were applied as prescribed.