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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 14 November 2013
Date of Publication: 12 December 2013
Inspection Report published 12 December 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 14 November 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 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

We found that there was an electronic system in place to record medicines administered. We saw that when medicines had been received from the pharmacy, a record was kept of what and how much was received for each person. We saw that a stock check was carried out each day to ensure medicines had been administered appropriately. We looked at both the electronic medicine administration records and the daily stock check for three people. We saw that both records matched. This meant that people had the medicines they needed as prescribed and staff would be aware of when they needed to order next prescriptions.

We observed staff administer people's medication, staff explained what the medication is used for to people before administering. We saw that staff were competent and skilled in administering medication safely. One person told us, "Staff ask me if I’m ready for my medication and I always get the right medication.”

Some staff spoken with told us that only staff who had received training in giving people their medicines administered gave them to the people. Records of staff training confirmed this. All people we spoke with told us that they got their medication regularly and on time. This meant that staff had the training and skills they needed to make sure people received their medication safely.

Medicines were stored safely. We saw that medicines were kept in a locked cabinet. We saw that the temperature for the drug storage cabinet and the fridge for medicines were recorded daily and maintained to ensure that the medicines were stored at required temperatures at all times. All staff we spoke with knew what to do if the temperatures had gone out of the required range.