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Mid-Cheshire Hospitals NHS (1107412)

Inspection outcome: Standards met

Last inspection: 05/03/2020

Pharmacy context

This is the pharmacy department of a large general hospital. Most of the pharmacy department’s activities are part of the business of the hospital and therefore fall outside of the scope of this inspection, which is focussed only on registerable activities. The pharmacy is registered so that it can dispense a small number of ‘take home’ medicines for patients of a local hospice, occasionally dispense other private prescriptions, and sell a limited range of over-the-counter medicines.

Inspection summary findings

Principle 1. Governance

Standards met

The pharmacy has written procedures to help ensure its staff work safely and effectively. Members of the team record things that go wrong so that they can learn from them. And they take action to avoid similar mistakes being repeated. They generally keep the records that are needed by law. But the responsible pharmacist records are unreliable. Which means there could be confusion about who was taking responsibility at a certain point in time.

Principle 2. Staff

Standards met

The pharmacy has enough staff to manage the workload and they are appropriately trained for the jobs they do. Members of the pharmacy team are able to use their professional judgement. And they know how to raise concerns.

Principle 3. Premises

Standards met

The pharmacy is clean and tidy and provides a suitable environment for healthcare. A consultation room is available to allow private conversations.

Principle 4. Services, including medicines management

Standards met

Members of the pharmacy team work to professional standards and supply medicines safely and effectively. The pharmacy stores its medicines appropriately and carries out checks to make sure they are kept in good condition.

Principle 5. Equipment and facilities

Standards met

The pharmacy team have the equipment they need and it is appropriately maintained. The pharmacy has suitable facilities to protect confidentiality.

Pharmacy details

Foundation Trust
Leighton Hospital Pharmacy Dept
Middlewich Road Leighton
CREWE
CW14QJ
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