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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 10 January 2013
Date of Publication: 12 February 2013
Inspection Report published 12 February 2013 PDF

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 10 January 2013, checked how people were cared for at each stage of their treatment and care and talked with people who use the service. We 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

We saw there was a robust system in place to record either medication prompting, dispensing or administering whichever was relevant for that particular person who used the service.

The four care records we looked at included completed medication administration record (MAR) charts. They had all been audited and any issues that had been noted had been discussed with the relevant member of staff. The record of which member of staff had been seen and what was said and any required action to be taken was attached to the relevant MAR chart. We saw the care records included a form which was to be completed if medicines were returned to a pharmacy by a care worker. The form was signed by the receiving pharmacist.

The care records also included a list of all medications a person was prescribed including creams and support stockings. The records detailed if a person could take their own medicine, apply some or all of their own creams and who was responsible for reordering, collection and disposal of medicines. We also saw if a member of staff had received training specific to a prescribed item, such as application of support stockings, this was detailed in the care records. This showed the person who used the service the care workers were trained to help them with their specific needs. The records also included fact sheets about some of the medications in use.