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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 23 September 2014
Date of Publication: 24 October 2014
Inspection Report published 24 October 2014 PDF | 64.43 KB


Inspection carried out on 23 September 2014

During a routine inspection

We considered our inspection findings to answer questions we always ask:

Is the service safe?

Is the service effective?

Is the service caring?

Is the service responsive?

Is the service well-led?

This inspection was carried out to assess what the provider had done in response to the action we had told them to take following our last inspection. This was in relation to the safe management of medicines.

This is a summary of what we found.

Is the service safe?

We found the service was safe because people were protected against the risks associated with medicines.

This inspection was carried out because at an inspection in May 2014 we had concerns that medicines were not handled safely and we judged the service to be non compliant with this outcome.

During this inspection we saw that appropriate arrangements were in place in relation to the recording of medicines. We saw evidence of people’s current medicines on the Medicines Administration Records (MAR). We saw that there were records of medicines received into the home and all people had their allergy status recorded to prevent inappropriate prescribing. We looked in detail at the MAR of 28 people who lived in the home. On one floor we saw no omissions in any of the records and all our audits of stock could be reconciled. On another floor we saw four gaps in recording adminstration but our audits of supplies indicated that the medicines had been given. On the third floor we identified several omissions in recording administration but could clarify the reason in most cases.

We looked at the regular audits the home was carrying out and heard about the training given already and planned for the next month. The provider had mostly rectified all the concerns identified at the previous inspection and was continuing to drive forward further improvements in the safe handling of medicines.

Overall we were assured that medicines were being given as prescribed.