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Beacon View Pharmacy (1074173)

Inspection outcome: Standards met

Last inspection: 23/05/2019

Pharmacy context

This is a small community pharmacy in a Health Centre in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear. It dispenses NHS and private prescriptions and sells over-the-counter medicines. The pharmacy offers a prescription collection service from local GP surgeries. And it delivers medicines to people’s homes. It supplies medicines in multi-compartmental compliance packs, to help people remember to take their medicines. And it provides NHS services such as EHC and a minor ailments scheme.

Inspection summary findings

Principle 1. Governance

Standards met

The pharmacy generally identifies and manages the risks associated with its services. The pharmacy has not reviewed its written procedures for over two years. And some of the pharmacy team have not read them. This increases the risks of tasks being undertaken in ways that are not good practice. The pharmacy asks people for their views. And it deals with complaints and uses feedback to improve the services. It keeps all the records it needs to by law to help evidence compliance with standards and procedures. The pharmacy looks after people’s private information. And the pharmacy team members know how to protect the safety of vulnerable people.

Principle 2. Staff

Standards met

The pharmacy has enough trained team members to provide its services safely. The pharmacy team members work
within their skills and qualifications. The pharmacy team members work well together and shares information. The pharmacy’s team members do not have regular performance reviews. This could mean that gaps in their skills and knowledge are not identified and supported.

Principle 3. Premises

Standards met

The pharmacy’s premises are suitable to provide its services safely. The pharmacy’s team appropriately manages the available space. There are systems in place to protect the pharmacy when it is closed.

Principle 4. Services, including medicines management

Standards met

People with a range of needs can access the pharmacy’s services. The services are generally well managed. The pharmacy may not always record advice given to people who get higher-risk medicines. So, it may not be able to refer to this information in the future if it needed to. The pharmacy gets its medicines from reputable suppliers. And it makes sure that its medicines and devices are safe to use. It adequately sources and manages its medicines, so they are safe for people to use.

Principle 5. Equipment and facilities

Standards met

The pharmacy’s equipment and facilities are suitable for its advertised services.

Pharmacy details

Beacon View Health Centre
Beacon Lough Road
Beacon Lough

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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