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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 26 October 2012
Date of Publication: 15 November 2012
Inspection Report published 15 November 2012 PDF | 75.73 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 26 October 2012, observed how people were being cared for and checked how people were cared for at each stage of their treatment and care. We talked with people who use the service and talked with staff.

Our judgement

The provider did have the appropriate arrangements in place to ensure that people were protected against the risks associated with the unsafe management of medicines.

Reasons for our judgement

We used a number of different methods to help us understand the experiences of people using this service. We talked to staff and looked at storage and record keeping of medication. We observed medicines given to three people and saw that the nurse was patient and explained the medicines that they were giving. Medicines were handled appropriately.

We looked at seven medication records. We saw evidence of people's current medicines so that staff knew what medicines had been prescribed. There was a record of any allergies people had to medication.

We looked at the medication administration records of all the current medication cycle. The medication administration records were complete and showed that where people had been given their medicine it had been signed for by staff. When we examined medicines left in the dosage system all could be accounted for.

Staff were recording the amount of medicines administered when people were prescribed a variable dose of medicines so that the effectiveness of the medicine could be evaluated in managing the person’s medical condition. Where medications, or the dosage, had been changed this was recorded.

We looked at the home's audits and could see the daily checks of the medication administration records. Monthly audits were available and we saw regular weekly random checks and the action taken to address recording concerns. This meant medicines were handled safely.