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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 8 March 2011
Date of Publication: 19 August 2011
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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

Patients are protected against risks associated with the unsafe management and handling of medicines because The Cassel Hospital has appropriate measures in place to control all aspects of medicines management.

User experience

Patients told us that they were able to self medicate and take responsibility for managing this. They confirmed that staff check that they take their medication and that it is kept in the locked compartment in the bedside locker in their bedroom.

Patients said they were supported to make decisions to take their medication and were reviewed if they choose to slowly stop taking a prescribed medication. Patients were aware of the side effects of coming off a prescribed medication and were happy to talk through any issues with staff whilst going through these changes.

Other evidence

Staff told us that they have access to medicines management policies and procedures and were supported by a nominated pharmacist. The stocking of and review of patient prescriptions was carried out by pharmacy staff.

Staff confirmed that patients are assessed before they are able join the self medication scheme. They showed us the pro-forma risk assessment that was completed along with a consent form signed by the patient agreeing to participate in the scheme. The consent form also explained that patients could withdraw from the scheme if they so wished. Staff administer medication in accordance with the individual patient prescriptions.