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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 21 January 2011
Date of Publication: 29 March 2011
Inspection Report published 29 March 2011 PDF | 94.71 KB

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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 reviewed all the information we hold about this provider, carried out a visit on 21/01/2011, observed how people were being cared for, talked to staff and talked to people who use services.

Our judgement

• Overall, we found that Ashleigh House was meeting this essential standard.

User experience

One person said, "I always receive my medication at the right times, and they are always the right tablets. I have kept the same Doctor which is good, and I have a nice Community Nurse that comes to see me often".

Other evidence

You told us that people who used the service medicines were handled safely, and securely stored. Any prescribed medicines were given to people safely. There was medication guidance and safeguards in place, which were monitored and reviewed. All staff had been properly trained to manage and administer medication safely. This included monitoring the effect of people’s medicines, potential side effects and any adverse reactions.

There were procedures in place to support people to self-administer their medicines independently or with support from staff. There were procedures in place for recording and reporting adverse events, drug reactions, incidents, and errors. Stringent procedures were followed in practice, for all controlled drugs prescribed.

The provider said that the systems complied with the requirements of the Medicines Act 1968 and the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, and the safe Management of Controlled Drugs Regulations 2006.