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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 25 September 2013
Date of Publication: 24 October 2013
Inspection Report published 24 October 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 25 September 2013, observed how people were being cared for and checked how people were cared for at each stage of their treatment and care. We 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

Appropriate arrangements were in place in relation to obtaining medicines and for the recording of medicines. Medicines were handled appropriately, they were kept safely and they were safely administered.

We inspected the arrangements that the home had in place for obtaining medicines from the chemist. There were records maintained for all orders made and those medicines that were received from the chemist. Our inspection found that the home’s procedures were appropriate. Our check on the home’s medication administration records (MAR sheets) for the residents found no anomalies. The records were clear; there were no errors or gaps in recording.

We asked the manager about which staff administered medications to residents including for controlled drugs. We were told that staff were only allowed to administer medication when they had completed full training on the subject. From our review of the home’s MAR sheets we were able to identify those staff who administered medication to the residents. We were provided with training certificates that evidenced these staff had received the appropriate training. Staff also told us that they had had this training and that they were only allowed to administer medications to residents after they had received the appropriate training.

We carried out a stock take check for all medications being held in the home. The actual stock of medications held in the home precisely matched those recorded.