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Residents in Accrington care home go without prescribed pills
A CARE home in Accrington has been rapped by inspectors after concerns were raised over the management of residents’ medication.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) found three residents at Addison Court had gone up to seven days without some of their prescribed pills, which had put their health at risk.
The pharmacist inspector looked at medication records for 15 different residents and raised concerns about all of them, the regulator added.
The following issues were raised in the report:
- One person was given too many doses of paracetamol in a 24-hour period.
- Another person’s pain relieving patch had been applied up to 24 hours late on five occasions.
- Four people had missed medicine doses because staff had wrongly recorded there was no stock in the home.
- Staff had signed for medicines which were not given, and failed to sign for others which were given.
The Addison Street home met all other essential standards during the inspection and has made several major improvements in recent months.
Last year the home was found to be failing three key standards by the CQC, with problems including staffing levels, staff training, and maintaining dignity of residents, which have now been addressed.
A spokesman for Amore Care, which runs dozens of care homes in the UK including Addison Court, said: “The home’s management has been working tirelessly to resolve the matters highlighted by the regulators.
“A robust action plan was immediately put in place, including refresher training for staff involved in the management of medication, and additional quality audits.
“We are confident that our remedial actions will satisfy the Care Quality Commission.”
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