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Archived: Atherton Lodge Inadequate

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We are carrying out a review of quality at Atherton Lodge. We will publish a report when our review is complete. Find out more about our inspection reports.
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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 6 August 2014
Date of Publication: 12 September 2014
Inspection Report published 12 September 2014 PDF


Inspection carried out on 6 August 2014

During an inspection in response to concerns

The inspection team was made up of one Pharmacist Inspector. We talked with 2 members of the nursing staff and the manager. We set out to answer one of our five key questions:

Is the Service Safe?

We found people were not protected from the risks associated with medicines because the provider did not have effective processes in place to make sure medicines were managed safely. We looked at records about medication and medication for 14 people who were living in the home on the day of our visit and we found there were some concerns about medicines or the records relating to medicines for all of those people.

We found medicines which were no longer needed were not stored securely. We found that appropriate arrangements were not in place in relation to the recording of medicines. We found that medicines were not administered safely. We found that arrangements made to give people their medication as directed by the manufacturers, especially with regard to food were poor. We found there was no information available to guide nurses as to how to give medicines which were prescribed to be given when required. We also found that there was no information recorded to guide nurses or staff as to where to apply creams.

We found appropriate arrangements had been made in relation to obtaining medication.