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Drake Pharmacy (1092775)

Inspection outcome: Standards met

Last inspection: 17/12/2019

Pharmacy context

This is a community pharmacy next door to a medical centre. It is situated on a major road through Bootle, north of Liverpool. The pharmacy dispenses NHS prescriptions, private prescriptions and sells over the counter medicines. It also supplies smoking cessation items from vouchers written by local stop smoking services. The pharmacy supplies medicines in multi-compartment compliance aids for some people to help them take the medicines at the right time.

Inspection summary findings

Principle 1. Governance

Standards met

The pharmacy team follows written procedures, and this helps to maintain the safety and effectiveness of the pharmacy’s services. And members of the team are given training so that they know how to keep private information safe. The pharmacy generally keeps the records it needs to by law, but they may not always be accurate. They record things that go wrong and discuss them to help identify learning. But they cannot show what they have done to help them to improve, so learning opportunities may be missed.

Principle 2. Staff

Standards met

There are enough staff to manage the pharmacy's workload and they are appropriately trained for the jobs they do. Members of the pharmacy team complete some additional training to help them keep their knowledge up to date.

Principle 3. Premises

Standards met

The pharmacy premises are suitable for the services provided. A consultation room is available to allow private conversations. 

Principle 4. Services, including medicines management

Standards met

The pharmacy's services are easy to access. And it manages and provides them safely. It gets its medicines from recognised sources, stores them appropriately and carries out regular checks to help make sure that they are in good condition. But members of the pharmacy team do not always know what medicines they are handing out. So they might not always be able to check that the medicines are still suitable, or give people advice about taking them. 

Principle 5. Equipment and facilities

Standards met

Members of the pharmacy team have access to the equipment they need for the services they provide. And they maintain the equipment so that it is safe to use.

Pharmacy details

1A Aintree Road
BOOTLE
L209DL
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