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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 10 February 2011
Date of Publication: 7 April 2011
Inspection Report published 7 April 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

We found that there was compliance with this outcome. The management of medication is personalised and regular checks help to maintain safety in this area. Good systems are in place to ensure medication is handled correctly

User experience

People living at the home told us they had no problems with receiving medication at the right times, looking after medication themselves or a facility to store medicines in there own room. One resident spoken to said, "They are never late with my tablets".

One person we spoke to had a skin complaint and was reliant on staff to administer cream at set times, he said, "Never had a problem they are really good.

Other evidence

The Provider Compliance Assessment (PCA), completed by the manager gives a detailed account of the safe handling, storage, administration and dispensing of medicines at the home to ensure people are protected and safe when under medication.

We went through the medication procedure with a nurse in the EMI part of the home and watched medication being given to residents. Safe practices were being followed and the correct records of medication are being kept. The nurse told us "Its so important to ensure medication is handled correctly.

Information from 'Social Services Contracts' told us procedures for medication, and systems in place to ensure residents are safe have improved and people are not at risk.

Staff spoken to confirmed only trained nurses or staff could ever give out medicines it is a company policy.