Banbury's Brooklands 2 care home criticised by inspectors

A BANBURY care home has been criticised over how it administers and manages drugs by the care watchdog.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has given Brooklands 2 in Old Parr Road 14 days to make changes. It is the second time the home has been told to improve by the watchdog.

Inspectors said a June visit found “several omissions” in records of receipts and administration of drugs.

For some, the exact amount administered was not recorded to monitor the effectiveness of the drugs, they found. Analysis of three records found “medicines may not always be being given as prescribed” for ground-floor patients.

It found no issue with first-floor patients and two consultants who visited the home said they had no issues.

But the report found: “Systems in place were not robust enough and the audits not frequent enough to ensure the safe handling of medicines.” It added: “People were not protected against the risks associated with the unsafe use and management of medicines.”

This had a “moderate impact” on residents, it said.

Care home manager Mark Taylor said: “We’re disappointed the errors were found by the CQC. We administer about 800 medications a day.

“We were in the middle of auditing, during which errors had been flagged, but we were delayed by management time being diverted to another issue.

“The errors found were contrary to our procedures and contrary to recent training given to staff and those responsible have been severely disciplined.”

In September last year, the CQC said the home was not taking proper steps to protect residents from receiving unsafe care. It also said OAPs were not protected against the risk of unsafe or unsuitable premises and were “not being cared for by suitably trained and competent staff”.

These issues had been resolved, a December CQC report said.

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