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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 12 January 2012
Date of Publication: 8 February 2012
Inspection Report published 8 February 2012 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

Richford Gate ensures that the people who use the services have their medicines at the time they need them and in a safe way. The purpose and effects of medicines are discussed and information about medicines is made available.

Overall, we found that Richard Gate was meeting this essential standard.

User experience

On the day of the visit we saw people being given their medicines and being observed by staff. Medicines are securely kept in the staff office in a locked cabinet. Staff were seen recording information about medicines, and if medicines are refused staff confirmed that this would be recorded. Also records were looked at that show when PRN (as required) medication is given to an individual and what it was for.

Other evidence

Staff told us that all medication is checked and recorded and any changes will be discussed with the person. All medication is signed and checked by staff four times a day, records looked at confirmed this. Audits are carried out on the completeness of medication recording by managers.