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Little Sutton Pharmacy (9011486)

Inspection outcome: Standards met

Last inspection: 24/06/2021

Pharmacy context

This is a traditional community pharmacy that recently re-located to a new, larger premises. It is situated on a parade of shops in the town centre. NHS dispensing is the main activity and the pharmacy also provides a number of other NHS services and sells a range of over-the-counter medicines. The inspection was carried out during the covid 19 pandemic

Inspection summary findings

Principle 1. Governance

Standards met

Members of the pharmacy team follow written instructions to help them work safely and effectively. They record things that go wrong so that they can learn from them. And they take action to stop the same mistakes from happening again. The pharmacy keeps most of the records that are needed by law. Staff know how to safeguard vulnerable people. And they know how to keep private information safe.

Principle 2. Staff

Standards met

There are enough staff to safely manage the workload and they receive the training they need for the jobs they do. Members of the team work well together and they ask for help if they need it.

Principle 3. Premises

Standards met

The pharmacy is fitted out to a good standard and well maintained. It is clean and hygienic, and it provides a suitable environment for healthcare. But storage of medicines in the consultation room may limit its usefulness and could be a security risk.

Principle 4. Services, including medicines management

Standards met

The pharmacy provides a range of services and they are easy to access. It manages them effectively so that people receive appropriate care and get the advice they need. It obtains medicines from licensed suppliers, and it carries out checks to make sure that they are kept in good condition.

Principle 5. Equipment and facilities

Standards met

Members of the pharmacy team have the equipment and facilities they need for the services they provide. Equipment is appropriately maintained so that it is safe to use, and it is used in a way that protects privacy.

Pharmacy details

381 Chester Road
Little Sutton
Ellesmere Port

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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