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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 24 November 2011
Date of Publication: 29 December 2011
Inspection Report published 29 December 2011 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

Our judgement

The service followed safe procedures for the recording, handling and use of medicines to protect people against the risks associated with the unsafe use and management of medication.

User experience

People said that they had agreed to staff administering their oral medicines but were able to keep their own prescribed creams and inhalers. “I take a lot tablets a day so have asked staff to give them to me as that’s too much to remember. I keep my own inhalers”.

Other evidence

We saw that medicines management was organised and had safe storage facilities. There were no controlled drugs facilities on site but the manager had identified this as well as the need for a drugs fridge as part of the audit of medicines and said these facilities would be provided if required. The home had never held controlled drugs on site.

We saw that were people managed some of their medicines there were risk assessments completed and this was also recorded on the medicine administration records.

There was a medicines policy on site and all medicine administration records had a photograph on it of the person for whom medicines had been prescribed.

We saw a hand written medicine administration record for medicines received directly from the community mental health team and the quantities of the medicines received were recorded as were all quantities of other medicines received. All people living at the home had a medicines review done by the community pharmacist in July 2011. The manager did a medicines audit of the home in October 2011 and highlighted the need for lockable storage facilities for people who self administered some of their medicines, the need for a controlled drugs cupboard and drugs fridge and further training for staff on medicines management. The manager said he had spoken to the community pharmacist about ordering the storage facilities and clarified he would order these and have them fitted.

Training for staff had been arranged for all staff for December 2011. The community pharmacist did an audit of medicine management in the home recently and the manager was waiting for the report from this visit.