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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 6 January 2013
Date of Publication: 29 January 2013
Inspection Report published 29 January 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 6 January 2013, 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, 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 recording of medicine and medicines were safely administered.

During our visit we observed the administration of the morning medication. This was completed appropriately. The staff member who was responsible for administering the medication clearly explained their roles and responsibilities in the safe handling, administration and recording of medication.

We saw the medication administration records (MAR) of three people who used the service and the controlled medication book. These records told us that people were provided with their medication at the prescribed times.

Where people were prescribed with 'as required' (PRN) medication, there were protocols in place which explained when the medication should be administered and records were maintained which identified the reasons for the administration. This meant that people were protected from the inappropriate use of PRN medication.

Medicines were kept safely. We saw that medication was securely stored in the service and there was appropriate storage in place for controlled drugs.

A staff member told us that they had been provided with medication training. This was confirmed in training records that were seen. The registered manager told us about how staff were required to undertake three monthly medication competency checks to ensure that people were protected by the safe administration of medication. This was confirmed in the records that they showed us.