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Inspection outcome: Standards met

Last inspection: 10/10/2019

Pharmacy context

The pharmacy is located in a GP practice in the centre of Taunton. It sells over-the-counter medicines and dispenses NHS and private prescriptions. And it delivers medicines to people’s homes. The pharmacy team offers advice to people about minor illnesses and long-term conditions. The pharmacy offers services including Medicines Use Reviews (MURs), the NHS New Medicines Service (NMS), flu vaccinations and the supply of emergency hormonal contraception. It also offers services for substance misusers.

Inspection summary findings

Principle 1. Governance

Standards met

The pharmacy identifies and manages risks appropriately. It reviews its practices to make them safer and more effective. The pharmacy has written procedures to show how all tasks should be completed. And all team members follow them. Team members are clear about their roles and responsibilities. The pharmacy asks people for their views and acts appropriately on the feedback. It has adequate insurance for its services. The pharmacy keeps up-to-date records as required by the law. The pharmacy keeps people’s private information safe and explains how it will be used. Pharmacy team members know how to protect the safety of vulnerable people.

Principle 2. Staff

Standards met

The pharmacy has enough staff to manage its workload. Team members receive training for their roles. They keep their skills and knowledge up to date and are supported in their development. Team members suggest and make changes to improve their services. They communicate well with each other. ​

Principle 3. Premises

Standards met

The pharmacy provides a safe, secure and professional environment for people to receive healthcare. The pharmacy has a soundproofed room where people can have private conversations with members of the pharmacy team. The pharmacy is adequately secured to prevent unauthorised access.

Principle 4. Services, including medicines management

Standards met

The pharmacy is accessible and advertises its services appropriately. Medicines are supplied safely and the pharmacy gives additional advice to people receiving high-risk medicines. The pharmacy delivers medicines to people safely and keeps appropriate records of this. The pharmacy offers a range of additional services and the pharmacy team deliver these services safely. Team members delivering services ensure that their training is up to date. The pharmacy communicates with other healthcare providers to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people accessing its services. The pharmacy obtains its medicines from reputable suppliers. It stores them securely and regularly checks that they are still suitable for supply. The pharmacy accepts unwanted medicines and mostly disposes of them appropriately.

Principle 5. Equipment and facilities

Standards met

The pharmacy uses appropriate equipment and facilities to provide its services. It keeps these clean and tidy. Equipment is used in a way that protects people’s private information.

Pharmacy details

St. James Medical Centre
St James Street
Coal Orchard
TAUNTON
TA11JP
England

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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