Af­ter-school club’s med­i­ca­tion care un­der fire

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS -

Staff at an Aberdeen­shire af­ter-school club “put chil­dren at risk” by pay­ing so lit­tle at­ten­tion to their med­i­ca­tion that po­ten­tially life-sav­ing pills for one young­ster were more than a year out of date.

The Care In­spec­torate vis­ited Mel­drum Af­ter School Klub (Mask), which is at­tached to the vil­lage pri­mary school, in late Oc­to­ber and their find­ings were pub­lished yesterday.

While the qual­ity of the en­vi­ron­ment was “good”, the qual­ity of staffing was rated “ad­e­quate” and care, sup­port and man­age­ment was crit­i­cised as “weak”.

It was noted that the man­ager and staff were “not fully aware of in­for­ma­tion pro­vided by some par­ents about their chil­dren’s med­i­cal con­di­tions”.

The re­port added that there were “no de­tailed med­i­ca­tion plans in place” for some chil­dren, “no record of med­i­ca­tion stored on the premises”, and no au­dits.

“As a re­sult, we found that po­ten­tially life-sav­ing med­i­ca­tions were a year out of date for one child.

“These prac­tices po­ten­tially put chil­dren at risk.”

Staff have been told to “take im­me­di­ate ac­tion to re­view and up­date sys­tems for man­ag­ing med­i­ca­tion”.

The Care In­spec­torate also asked the cen­tre to keep a closer record of chil­dren’s progress.

Par­ent vol­un­teers run the fa­cil­ity, and four new di­rec­tors are be­ing re­cruited. In­spec­tors also praised the en­vi­ron­ment and ac­tiv­i­ties on of­fer in the school.

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