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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 5 December 2012
Date of Publication: 19 December 2012
Inspection Report published 19 December 2012 PDF | 79.22 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 5 December 2012, 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

Appropriate arrangements were in place in relation to the storage and recording of medicine. During this visit we inspected the storage and records of medicines held in the home. We saw that all medicines were stored in a locked trolley. At the time of the visit only one person who used the service was prescribed a controlled drug. Controlled drugs are medicines which may be misused and there are specific ways in which they must be stored and recorded.

The home had a suitable controlled drugs register to record the receipt and administration of controlled drugs. However during the inspection a discrepancy was found in the controlled drugs register in relation to the amount of tablets actually held and those returned to the pharmacy. A telephone call was made to the supplying pharmacy who confirmed that the amount of tablets actually held was correct and this was confirmed in a fax sent to the home whilst we were there. The provider may find it useful to note that although the amount of tablets held was correct this was not evident from the controlled drugs register.

We looked at the medicine administration records available in the home, which kept a record of medicines that staff had administered to people. We saw that staff had clearly recorded the reasons why people were supported to take ‘as required’ medicine. Staff had also kept a record of the number of tablets taken where people were prescribed a variable dose. Records were kept when medicine was refused by people or not required, for example, when people said they didn’t need pain relief. This meant staff kept accurate records of the medicines people had been supported to take.