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Bermondsey care home “requires improvement” with inspectors concerned over how medicines are given

A Bermondsey care home “requires improvement” after inspectors found a patient had been given opiate medicine even though they drank alcohol every day.

The report, published on October 4, found that Aspinden Care Home’s “failure to safely manage medicines placed people at risk of harm”.

The report said that some people were prescribed medicines to be taken ‘as required’ meaning patients take them when they think they need them, rather than in prescribed doses. An example might be when a patient is in pain.

However, in these instances, inspectors found that the protocols around this were not “robust” enough, meaning

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