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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 14 January 2011
Date of Publication: 2 June 2011
Inspection Report published 2 June 2011 PDF | 130.68 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 14/01/2011, 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

The medication needs of people are safely addressed.

User experience

We did not seek the views of the people that use the service.

We observed staff supporting people to take their prescribed medication. We found that people were given the appropriate support to take their medication safely.

Other evidence

We checked the storage and administration of medication, which was well managed. Staff recorded the date that they opened eye-drops, which need to be disposed of after 28 days. We suggested an extra precaution of recording the due date for disposal. Otherwise, the medication room was very organised and the staff nurse on duty was knowledgeable about the standard and controlled medications, storage instructions and recording procedures.

We observed that the pharmacy supplier was now dispensing large supplies of prescribed thickening granules for people with swallowing problems, rather than the previously supplied individualised containers. We sought guidance from a CQC pharmacist, who advised that this practice is acceptable as long as the service. maintains a rigorous audit trail.