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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 6 December 2012
Date of Publication: 1 January 2013
Inspection Report published 1 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 reviewed all the information we have gathered about Warrens Hall Nursing Centre, looked at the personal care or treatment records of people who use the service, carried out a visit on 6 December 2012 and observed how people were being cared for. We checked how people were cared for at each stage of their treatment and care, 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

We found that room temperatures where the medication trolleys were kept were within the correct range for the storage of medication. This meant that staff could be sure that the medication was being stored at the correct temperatures. Medication stored at the correct temperature would ensure that it worked as it had been designed to and prevented people from being at risk of ill health.

We indirectly observed medication being given to people by a staff member. We saw that they explained to each person that they were giving them their medication. We saw that people willingly took their tablets.

We saw that staff had recorded the date on the medication packaging of when it had been opened. This meant that staff knew the date that it should be discarded so that it did not place people's health at risk. We looked at medication records to see if they had been completed correctly and saw that they had. This meant that medication had been given to people as it had been prescribed by their doctor to help keep them in good health.

Staff told us and records confirmed that they had received training in medication safety and management. We saw that medication audits had been undertaken by staff. This meant that the registered provider had processes in place to promote medication safety to make sure that people were not being placed at risk from medication errors or non-administration.