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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 17 May 2011
Date of Publication: 6 July 2011
Inspection Report published 6 July 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

The management of medicines at the service was satisfactory and appropriate procedures were being followed to ensure the safe administration of medicines for people who use the service.

User experience

We observed the medication being administered by a staff member in an unhurried and professional manner. People told us they were satisfied with the way medicines were managed at the home.

Other evidence

Medication was securely stored in locked cabinets within the bedrooms of the people that use the service and temperatures were recorded.

We observed staff giving people medication. Staff made sure that the right medication was given to the right person. They checked that the person took the medication and signed the medication chart to record it had been administered.

We reviewed a number of medication administration records and these were complete. There was a record of signatures of those staff who could administer medication. Medication was checked when it arrived at the home to make sure that people received the correct medicines.

A person living at the home was self-medicating. There was a risk assessment in place, which assessed the person’s capacity for self medication and ensured that they knew what the medication was for.

No one in the home was using PRN medication and there were no controlled drugs.

Staff told us they had received training in the safe handling of medication.