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Gilmerton Pharmacy (1042665)

Inspection outcome: Standards met

Last inspection: 26/01/2024

Pharmacy context

This is a community pharmacy in a residential area of Edinburgh that changed ownership in September 2023. The pharmacy sells over‐the‐counter medicines and dispenses NHS prescriptions. It delivers medicines for some people to their homes and supplies some people with their medicines in multi‐compartment compliance packs to help them with taking their medicines. The pharmacy team advises on minor ailments and provides the NHS Pharmacy First service.

Inspection summary findings

Principle 1. Governance

Standards met

The pharmacy appropriately manages the risks associated with the services it provides for people. It has a complete set of written procedures which help the team carry out tasks consistently and safely. Team members record and learn from the mistakes they make when dispensing. And they keep the records they need to by law. Team members have knowledge and experience to help support vulnerable people.

Principle 2. Staff

Standards met

The pharmacy has sufficient team members with the right qualifications and knowledge to manage its workload and provide its services. The pharmacy team supports its members to complete appropriate training for their roles and keep their skills up to date. Members of the team work well together and communicate effectively. And they are comfortable raising concerns should they need to.

Principle 3. Premises

Standards met

The pharmacy premises are suitable for the services provided and the team maintains them to a high standard. The pharmacy has private consultation facilities where people can have confidential conversations with a pharmacy team member if needed. The pharmacy is secure when closed.

Principle 4. Services, including medicines management

Standards met

The pharmacy provides a range of services to support people's health needs. It manages its services well and they are easily accessible to people. The pharmacy receives its medicines from reputable sources and stores them appropriately. The team carries out checks to help ensure the medicines are kept in good condition.

Principle 5. Equipment and facilities

Standards met

The pharmacy has the equipment and facilities it needs to support the safe delivery of its services. It maintains its equipment to ensure it remains fit for purpose and safe to use. And its team members use the equipment appropriately to protect people’s confidentiality.

Pharmacy details

2 Ferniehill 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