In 2016, the NHS reported that 1,104.1 million prescribed drugs were issued by hospitals and UK doctors. A high percentage of these were to patients in care homes. A busy care home may have dozens of residential patients that have diverse and unique needs. These patients may require multiple types of medication to treat anything from infections to serious illness. Storing medication and the allocation of prescribed drugs to patients for numerous patients can be a challenging task.
When providing care – it is your responsibility to ensure medication is stored safely. Here we offer some tips on how to do it.