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Pharmacy inspections

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Changing clothing to help reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus.

Pharmacy type


Pharmacy context

COVID-19 notable practice

Relevant standards

  • 1.1 - The risks associated with providing pharmacy services are identified and managed

Why this is notable practice

Staff are reducing the risk of transferring the coronavirus on their clothing. They keep their work clothes separate from their home clothes. And wash their hands thoroughly before and after changing.

How the pharmacy did this

Staff came into work wearing their home clothing. And they changed into their work clothes at the pharmacy. At the end of their shift, they changed back into their home clothes and put their work clothes into a bag to take home. Staff washed their hands thoroughly before and after changing. And work clothing was washed at a high temperature after each shift.

What difference this made to patients

Staff are taking extra steps to try to reduce the chance of spreading the virus.

Highlighted standards

We have identified the standards most likely and least likely to be met in inspections, and highlighted examples of notable practice for each of these standards; to help everyone learn from others and to support continuous improvement:

  1. 1.1 Risk management
  2. 1.2 Reviewing and monitoring the safety of services
  3. 4.2 Safe and effective service delivery
  4. 4.3 Sourcing and safe, secure management of medicines and devices
  5. 2.2 Staff skills and qualifications