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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 17 January 2013
Date of Publication: 10 April 2013
Inspection Report published 10 April 2013 PDF | 79.32 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 17 January 2013, observed how people were being cared for and talked with people who use the service. We talked with carers and / or family members, talked with staff and talked with stakeholders.

We used the Short Observational Framework for Inspection (SOFI). SOFI is a specific way of observing care to help us understand the experience of people who could not talk with us.

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

Medicines were prescribed and given to people appropriately.

As part of our inspection we looked at how information in medication administration records and care notes for people living in the service supported the safe handling of their medicines.

People who used the service told us they received their medicines on time when they needed them.

Medicines were stored safely in a locked metal trolley which was stored in a locked corridor cupboard and the keys held by the person in charge of the shift. The temperature of the room and fridge where medication was stored had been recorded daily. The service used a monitored dosage system for staff to administer medicines at prescribed times.

During this inspection visit we looked at a sample of three peoples records related to the storage of their medication and corresponding records of administration. The monitored dosage system included clear information about the medication in use. The medication administration record (MAR) had been fully completed and contained photographs of people who used the service. We saw a list of staff signatures to identify who had administered the medication.

We observed the midday medication administration to people who used the service. We saw staff administer medication in a respectful and dignified manner. The senior care staff member spoken with and viewed administering medication showed a good knowledge of the provider's medication procedures. They told us that staff received training on safe medication handling and administration from the supplying pharmacist. This meant that people who used the service could be confident that their medicines were handled safely, securely and administered appropriately.