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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 14 August 2013
Date of Publication: 17 September 2013
Inspection Report published 17 September 2013 PDF | 76.88 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 looked at the personal care or treatment records of people who use the service, carried out a visit on 14 August 2013, observed how people were being cared for and talked with people who use the service. We 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 arrangements in place to manage medicines.

Reasons for our judgement

During the inspection we looked at the medicines held for three people who used the service. We also looked at the records maintained to show what medicines staff had administered to people who used the service.

We saw that the majority of medication administration record (MAR) sheets were up to date. We saw a small number of occasions where staff had failed to sign for medicines they had administered. We saw that usually two members of staff signed for the administration of people’s medicines. The provider may wish to note that staff had not always signed to evidence that they had applied creams to people who used the service. This meant that there was no means to ensure that this treatment was carried out.

We looked at the monitored dose system supplied by a pharmacy and saw that people had been given their medicines as prescribed. We counted the stock of medicines not held within the monitored dose system and found that they balanced with the records.

The provider may wish to note that we found one person was administered a medication differently to the instructions on the MAR sheet. The MAR sheet stated that staff should refer to separate guidelines. Although guidelines were available they did not refer to this specific medicine. This meant that the use of this medicine would not be consistent amongst the staff.