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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 8 February 2013
Date of Publication: 26 March 2013
Inspection Report published 26 March 2013 PDF | 82.83 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 8 February 2013, observed how people were being cared for and talked with people who use the service. We talked with carers and / or family members and talked with staff.

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

The pharmacy service to the home was delivered through a contract with one pharmacy group. Regular supplies were delivered but the pharmacy would urgently dispense if needed, for example if a GP gave a new urgent prescription. We reviewed the ordering and supply system and this was appropriate to the type of care provided.

We reviewed the provider's policies for the safe storage and administration of medication and these seemed appropriate for the type of care provided. This included update training for staff on a regular basis.

We examined the storage arrangements for medication and these were appropriately secure. We inspected the policies, procedures, storage and records for the use of controlled drugs and these all seemed appropriate for the type of service provided.

We reviewed medication administration charts. These were appropriately and fully completed. We cross referenced the care plans we inspected against the medication administration records and they all tallied. The charts contained clear and appropriate explanations for when medications were occasionally omitted or refused. There was evidence that such omissions or refusals were appropriately reviewed.

We observed medication being administered to a number of people. This was done in a friendly but appropriately careful manner. People were treated with dignity and respect. If they needed help to take the tablets this was done in a calm and polite way without any fuss.