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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 18 February 2013
Date of Publication: 20 March 2013
Inspection Report published 20 March 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 looked at the personal care or treatment records of people who use the service, carried out a visit on 18 February 2013, observed how people were being cared for and talked with people who use the service. We 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

All staff has had administration of medication training. The manager stated that they work with a local pharmacist who supplies all medication in individual blister packs. We observed completed medication administration record sheets for each person. Staff knew if the people they were caring for had any known allergies or reactions to specific medication.

The staff check stock quantity regularly and also check expiry dates prior to administration. Medication is stored in a locked cabinet.

The pharmacist picks up the prescriptions from the GP and delivers the medication to the home. If there are any changes they make verbal contact with the staff and the staff follow this up by detailing the changes in the care folders.

All unused or expired medications are returned to the pharmacist for safe disposal.