A CARE home has received praise despite seeing an increase in medication errors after it took action to tackle the issue.

Crookston Care Home, which was opened by East Lothian Council in Tranent in 2014, received a rating of ‘very good’ for its care and support of its residents from the Care Inspectorate.

Inspectors carried out a review of the home, which provides care for up to 40 residents, and praised staff for being “very kind and attentive”.

They reported that despite a problem with administering medication, the home was rated highly by both residents and their families.

Their report said: “Several people had experience of other care homes and compared Crookston favourably against what they had known elsewhere.”

Referring to issues with medication, it said: “While a regular in-house audit system had identified an increase in medication errors over the last year, this could be explained by a change in the way medication is administered which created confusion for some staff.

“The service has been pro-active in trying to rectify this and the provider is funding a pilot for an electronic system which should greatly reduce the number of errors made.”

East Lothian Council welcomed the high grades from the care inspectorate, which also acknowledged comments from one relative who said: “No matter what time of day or night we visit, we always find staff being attentive to our relative.”

Councillor Fiona O’Donnell, chairperson of East Lothian Integration Joint Board, said: “I am visiting Crookston soon to thank the team in person and I can say that they really deserve their ‘very good’ rating.

“They look after the people who use the home with great affection and respect and are very supportive of relatives too.

“They are also very innovative, pioneering work with Rempods in East Lothian – people might have seen these reminiscence rooms for people living with dementia when they received backing on Dragon’s Den.

“Crookston was also part of an award-winning intergenerational project last year with Sanderson’s Wynd Primary School.

“They are a fantastic team and they do very good work.”