Nov 2, 2021

Using Our Locked Medicine Box as Secure and Flexible Storage Within Hospitals

Elderly patient preparing to take medication next to a blue locked medicine box

All wards, theatres and departments must have a system of procedures for the ordering, handling and use of medicines that meet legal requirements and good practice guidance to ensure safety, security and efficiency. Our locked medicine box is a safe and secure lockable box, allowing for the safe, flexible and adaptable storage of medicines within hospitals.

Using a locked medicine box for medicine storage

Patients own drugs (PODs), including controlled drugs, may be used during the hospital stay, where they have been assessed as suitable for use, the patient consents to their use, and suitable local standard operating procedures are in place. Medicines should at all times be stored at a level of security appropriate to their proposed use and at a level appropriate to the staff present at any time. 

Our locked medicine box may be suitable for the storage of controlled drugs as it is secured with a three digit combination lock. This ensures that only the patient and the nurses can access their individual medicine, reducing the risk of potential harm and theft. The Lockabox One is lightweight and flexible meaning it can be easily moved to meet the patients needs. Allowing for personalisation and for the patient to have peace of mind. 

Due to its composition from medical grade polycarbonate, our locked medicine box can also provide an extra level of security and separation within a lockable fridge or freezer in the hospital, helping nurses to access the relevant medicine easily, and preventing contamination. 

It is suggested that medicines should be kept in separate lockable storage solutions 

For example, 

  • Internal medicine cupboard. 
  • External medicines cupboard. 
  • Patient medication lockers. 
  • Medicine trolleys. 
  • Medicine refrigerator/freezer. 
  • Flammables cupboard. 
  • Controlled drugs cupboard. 
  • Cupboard for epidural agents, if applicable

Aiding the transition from hospital to home

Additionally, due to it’s flexible and adaptable nature our locked medicine box can aide the transition from hospital to home. It can travel with the patient with medicines locked safely inside, this creates a secure storage solution, meaning the patient has peace of mind that no others within their home could accidentally access the medicine. The three digit code acts as a deterrent and prevents curiosity and potentially harmful situations.

For patient peace of mind

Alongside the storage of medicines, unfortunately theft can be an issue in hospitals due to the vast amount of people who pass through them daily. Hospitals recommend bringing a limited number of valuables, however for long stay patients there may be certain items they would like to bring to make their stay more comfortable but would also like to keep safe and secure.

Our locked medicine box can help to give personal storage and privacy in a shared room. Supporting patients and their families and allowing the hospital stay to be as comfortable as possible.

If you are interested in secure storage for your hospital, please email us on [email protected] for more information on volume pricing and to claim your free sample.

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Our secret weapon is our patented clam-shell design (which gives the Lockabox its strength) combined with tough polycarbonate, and the best British manufacturing that doesn’t use glue and is BPA safe.