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Sharnbrook Care Home Limited Good Also known as Sharnbrook Lodge

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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 11 April 2013
Date of Publication: 8 May 2013
Inspection Report published 8 May 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 11 April 2013, observed how people were being cared for and talked with people who use the service. We talked with carers and / or family members.

We used the Short Observational Framework for Inspection (SOFI). SOFI is a specific way of observing care to help us understand the experience of people who could not talk with us.

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 medicine and the recording of medicine. We saw medicines were stored securely conforming to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society guidance.

We examined a sample of medication administration record (MAR) sheets. The sheets were appropriately maintained. There were no gaps. The registered manager told us that there was no one currently living in the home on the day of our visit who had been prescribed controlled drugs. (Controlled drugs are prescribed medicines that are usually used to treat severe pain, induce anaesthesia or treat drug dependence and they have additional safety precautions and requirements.) This meant the home had a system in place to ensure people’s medicines were administered appropriately.

The registered manager said that staff had been provided with training in the safe handling of medicines. The training record showed staff responsible for the administration of medicines had been provided with training.

People said they received their medicines at the right time. One person said, "Staff are very good, they make sure I receive my medication at the right time.”