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Asda Pharmacy (1091675)

Inspection outcome: Standards met

Last inspection: 17/01/2024

Pharmacy context

This supermarket pharmacy is situated in a large retail development. It mainly prepares NHS prescription medicines,​ and it manages people’s repeat prescriptions. The pharmacy provides other NHS services such as hypertension checks, emergency hormonal contraception (EHC), and it offers both NHS and private flu vaccinations. The pharmacy also supplies weight loss treatments against private prescriptions issued by Health Bridge Ltd trading as Zava, a CQC registered online doctor service provider. People access this service via the website

Inspection summary findings

Principle 1. Governance

Standards met

Overall, the pharmacy manages the risks associated with its services. It has written policies and procedures to help make sure it operates safely and the pharmacy team members generally follow these in practice. The team usually reviews its mistakes so that it can learn from them. Team members know how to protect and support vulnerable people, and they understand their role in securing people's confidential information.

Principle 2. Staff

Standards met

The pharmacy has enough staff to provide safe and effective services. Team members understand their individual roles and they work well together. Staff complete the right training for their roles.

Principle 3. Premises

Standards met

The premises are clean, secure, and spacious enough for the pharmacy's services. And the pharmacy provides a professional environment for the delivery of healthcare services. The pharmacy's website contains information about the pharmacy and the associated prescribing service.

Principle 4. Services, including medicines management

Standards met

The pharmacy’s working practices are generally effective, which helps make sure people receive safe services. It gets its medicines from authorised suppliers and manages them appropriately to make sure they are in good condition and suitable to supply. The pharmacy team uses cold-chain packaging to maintain temperature-sensitive products during transit.

Principle 5. Equipment and facilities

Standards met

The pharmacy team has the equipment and facilities that it needs for the services it provides. The equipment is appropriately maintained and used in a way that protects people's privacy.

Pharmacy details

Asda Superstore
Barton Dock Road

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What do the inspection outcomes mean?

After an inspection each pharmacy receives one overall outcome. This will be either Standards met or Standards not all met

Met The pharmacy has met all the standards for registered pharmacies
Not all met The pharmacy has not met one or more of the standards for registered pharmacies

What do the summary findings for each principle mean?

The standards for registered pharmacies are made up of five principles. The pharmacy will also receive one of four possible findings for each of these principles. These are:

Excellent practice The pharmacy delivers an innovative service and benefits the whole community and performs well against the standards
Good practice The pharmacy delivers positive outcomes for patients and performs well against most of the standards
Standards met The pharmacy meets all the standards
Standards not all met The pharmacy has not met one or more standards