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Paul Cargill

Concerns over medication said to be addressed at Perthshire care home

Management at a Perthshire care home have moved to address concerns raised by inspectors about residents not getting the right amount of medication.

The Care Inspectorate noted concerns about errors being made by staff at Glenhelenbank Residential Home in Luncarty during a visit last year and made a requirement the service make improvements by mid-January this year.

The government agency said the service should be able to demonstrate each resident is being given the right support with their medication and their records are completed accurately by January 17.

It also said the service ought to be able to demonstrate monitoring arrangements are responsive to any errors in administration or recording of a person’s medication by the same date.

Now the body has said it is satisfied the requirement has been met in a new report published after a lone inspector paid an unannounced follow-up visit to the home on February 9.

The Care Inspectorate’s latest report on Glenhelenbank Residential Home, which is run by Seaward Care, said: “The service has addressed the concerns we raised at our last inspection regarding medication errors.

“The manager had changed staff working schedules, which has allowed the care staff who support people with their medication, to focus solely on this task.

“The service has introduced a computerised medication administration record (MAR) system. We examined a sample of these records and established that there had been no errors in the administration or recording of medication since the introduction of the new MAR system.

“The manager also used a medication audit tool. There was a step-by-step process for highlighting medication errors and omissions.

“The quantity of each person’s remaining medication was checked to ensure it correlated with MAR records.

“We have concluded that people can have confidence that they are receiving the right medication at the right time to support their health and wellbeing needs and people experience high quality care and support based on relevant evidence, guidance and best practice.”

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