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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 4 April 2012
Date of Publication: 9 May 2012
Inspection Report published 9 May 2012 PDF | 47.91 KB

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

People were protected against the risks associated with medicines because the provider had appropriate arrangements in place to manage medicines.

The provider was meeting this standard.

User experience

We spoke with people using the services but their feedback did not relate to this standard.

Other evidence

Medicines were kept safely, were handled appropriately and disposed of appropriately.

Our inspection of 1 December 2011 found that there was a lack of medicines management, security and safety in the way medicines were stored which put the people who used this service at risk.

The provider wrote to us and told us that they would ensure that the office would be locked at all times when unattended by staff with immediate effect. They also told us that additional lockable storage would be purchased by the 12 February 2012 to allow the effective storage of medication. The provider also told us that all medication no longer required had been returned and evidenced in the returns book.

During this visit we saw that medication was now stored in a lockable cabinet in a room which was kept locked by the staff on duty.

At this visit we saw that medication was organised and we performed a spot check on the expiry date of stored medicines and found that they were all in date. The service used a returns book to document and check that all unwanted and out of date medication was returned. The improved management and storage of medicines meant that people were protected against the risk associated with medicines.

The provider may find it useful to note that temperatures for the storage were not being recorded and therefore it was not possible to ensure the safety and quality of medications that required specific storage temperatures.