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Seahouses Chemist (1035874)

Inspection outcome: Standards met

Last inspection: 02/08/2019

Pharmacy context

The pharmacy is on a high street in the village of Seahouses. Pharmacy team members mainly dispense NHS prescriptions and sell a range of over-the-counter medicines. And, they offer services including medicines use reviews (MUR), the NHS New Medicines Service (NMS) and emergency contraception. They provide a substance misuse service, including supervised consumption. And, they supply medicines in multi-compartmental compliance packs and in an emergency via the NHS Urgent Medicines Supply Service (NUMSAS). Pharmacy team members provide these services to the local community all year round. And, they provide services to a high volume of tourists during the summer.

Inspection summary findings

Principle 1. Governance

Standards met

The pharmacy has procedures to identify and manage risks to its services. And pharmacy team members follow them to complete the required tasks. The pharmacy asks people using the pharmacy for their views. And, it acts to improve the quality of services in response. The pharmacy protects people’s confidential information. And, it generally keeps the records it must by law. Pharmacy team members know how to safeguard the welfare of children and vulnerable adults. They record and discuss mistakes that happen. And, they read about mistakes that happen elsewhere to improve their practice. Pharmacy team members use this information to learn and reduce the risk of further errors. But they don’t always use the information collected about mistakes to inform the changes they make. So, they may miss opportunities to improve.

Principle 2. Staff

Standards met

The pharmacy team members are suitably qualified and have the right skills for their roles and the services they provide. They undertake training regularly. They reflect on their own performance, discussing any training needs with the pharmacist and other team members. And they support each other to reach their goals. Pharmacy team members feel able to raise concerns and use their professional judgement.

Principle 3. Premises

Standards met

The pharmacy is clean and properly maintained. It provides a suitable space for the services provided. And, it has a room where people can speak to pharmacy team members privately.

Principle 4. Services, including medicines management

Standards met

The pharmacy is easily accessible to people, including people using wheelchairs. And it has systems in place to help provide its services safely and effectively. It stores, sources and manages its medicines safely. Pharmacy team members dispense medicines into devices to help people remember to take them correctly. And, they provide them with the information they need to identify their medicines. They take steps to identify people taking high-risk medicines. And they make necessary checks and provide these people with advice to help them take their medicines safely.

Principle 5. Equipment and facilities

Standards met

The pharmacy has the necessary equipment available, which it properly maintains. And it manages and uses the equipment in ways that protect people's confidentiality.

Pharmacy details

30-32 Main Street

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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