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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 29 November 2010
Date of Publication: 11 January 2011
Inspection Report published 11 January 2011 PDF

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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

Our judgement

On the basis of the evidence provided and the views of people using the service we found the service to be compliant with this outcome.

User experience

People we spoke with said they could look after their own medication if they wanted to, one said that they preferred staff to do it as there was so much.

Other evidence

The provider's compliance assessment demonstrated that there are policies in place for the safe administration of medication and that staff receive training in ordering, stock control and administering. Whilst at the home we saw a member of staff being observed in administering medication at lunch time. Although this individual was a qualified nurse in their own country they were happy to learn how to carry out medication at the home as the procedures were different. Staff told us that they had received training and support before administering medication on their own. Staff told us that a new procedure regarding homely remedies had been introduced earlier this year. We asked how this worked and staff were able to tell us the procedure and that there is a list of staff who can administer these medications.