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Over the counter medication in care homes

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FreckledLeopard Tue 10-Jan-17 11:39:45

Can anyone help me with this please?

My mother has dementia, is in a care home (since October 2016) and has a sore throat and cough. I've just had a call from them, asking if I can please drive to the home, bringing throat sweets and paracetamol. I explained I'm at work, can't up and leave and why on earth can they not give it to her?

The home claims they can't give any OTC medication without a doctor's prescription. I've googled and guidance seems to indicate that this is total rubbish and that they can give simple OTC medication without the need for a GP's prescription. I don't have POA for health, only for financial affairs, so I don't see why I would be able to give it to her any more than they can?

Any advice please? Am so cross.

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