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Blidworth Pharmacy (1094641)

Inspection outcome: Standards met

Last inspection: 07/03/2024

Pharmacy context

This pharmacy is on a main road in the Nottinghamshire village of Blidworth. Its main services include dispensing NHS prescriptions, selling over-the-counter medicines and providing advice and treatment for people with minor illnesses. The pharmacy provides the NHS Pharmacy Contraception Service and NHS Hypertension Case-Finding Service. It supplies some medicines in multi-compartment compliance packs, designed to help people remember to take their medicines. And it dispenses medicines for people living in local care homes. The pharmacy offers a medicine delivery service to people’s homes.

Inspection summary findings

Principle 1. Governance

Standards met

The pharmacy has a robust approach to identifying and managing risk, particularly when implementing new services. It encourages people to provide feedback about their experiences. And it uses this feedback to inform effective change. Pharmacy team members act with care to reduce risk following the mistakes they make during the dispensing process. And they keep these actions under review by engaging in regular and comprehensive patient safety reviews. Pharmacy team members are committed to protecting vulnerable people to keep them safe from harm. And they work with other healthcare professionals to support people in taking their medicines safely. Pharmacy team members adequately protect people’s confidential information. And they mostly make the records they need to by law.

Principle 2. Staff

Good practice

The pharmacy uses continuous processes to review its staffing levels and skill mix to ensure it can safely provide its services. It listens to feedback provided by its team members and uses this feedback to inform positive change. Pharmacy team members are happy in their roles, and they work together well. They clearly show how they apply the knowledge and skills they gain through continual learning to support them in delivering the pharmacy’s services safely. Pharmacy team members engage in meaningful discussions about patient safety, and they act with care by reviewing any changes they make to ensure they remain effective.

Principle 3. Premises

Standards met

The pharmacy is clean, secure, and maintained to an appropriate standard. People using the pharmacy can speak to a member of the team in a private consultation room.

Principle 4. Services, including medicines management

Standards met

The pharmacy’s services are readily available to people. It obtains its medicines from reputable sources. And it stores its medicines safely and securely. Pharmacy team members demonstrate how they provide person-centred care when delivering the pharmacy’s services. And they provide relevant information when supplying medicines, to help people take their medicines safely.

Principle 5. Equipment and facilities

Standards met

The pharmacy has the equipment it needs for providing its services. It monitors the equipment to ensure it remains safe to use. Pharmacy team members complete relevant training to ensure they operate the equipment safely. And they use the equipment in a way which protects people’s confidentiality.

Pharmacy details

57 Mansfield 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