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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 20 December 2011
Date of Publication: 20 January 2012
Inspection Report published 20 January 2012 PDF | 74.71 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

We reviewed all the information we hold about this provider and carried out a visit on 20/12/2011.

Our judgement

We found satisfactory medicines management practices in place for people using the service. On the basis of the evidence provided and the views of the people using the service we found the service to be compliant with this outcome.

User experience

People told us that staff gave them their medicines at the appropriate time and that their medications had been reviewed by the GP on a regular basis.

Other evidence

We saw that medication was stored in locked trolleys conforming to Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain Guidelines and the Nursing and Midwifery Council Guidelines. There was a photograph of each person in the medication folder to minimise the risk of medication being administered to the wrong person. There was also a list of staff names who administered medication along with their specimen signature.

There were no gaps observed on the medication sheets that we looked at. A sample of controlled drug stock was checked and the balance in stock matched the recorded balance. We saw that records had been maintained for medication entering the home and those disposed of. Two staff had checked and signed for all medication entering and leaving the home.

We saw that the home had a protocol in place for the administration of prescribed as required medicines. This was to guide staff on how medicines should be administered to people when required.

Staff told us that medication audits had been carried out daily. Staff also confirmed that they had received yearly updated training in the safe handling of medicines.