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Pharmacy@Bucks (9011315)

Inspection outcome: Standards met

Last inspection: 24/05/2021

Pharmacy context

​This is a pharmacy located inside Amersham Hospital in Buckinghamshire. The pharmacy began trading during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. It is registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) to dispense and supply medicines against outpatient prescriptions. The pharmacy holds a Service Level Agreement (SLA) with the NHS Trust Hospital for this activity. It does not have an NHS contract and no sales of over-the-counter medicines take place. The pharmacy does not currently provide any other services. This inspection took place during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Inspection summary findings

Principle 1. Governance

Standards met

​The pharmacy identifies and manages risks well. This includes the risks associated with COVID-19. The pharmacy’s team members regularly monitor the safety of the pharmacy’s services by recording their mistakes and learning from them. Staff are trained to protect the welfare of vulnerable people. The pharmacy protects people’s private information appropriately. And it keeps the records it should.

Principle 2. Staff

Standards met

​The pharmacy has enough staff to manage its workload appropriately. Team members have completed the required training for their roles or are enrolled onto suitable training courses. And the pharmacy continually provides them with resources for their ongoing training. This helps keep the team’s knowledge and skills up to date.

Principle 3. Premises

Standards met

​The pharmacy’s premises provide a suitable environment to deliver healthcare services. It is clean with plenty of space available to provide its services safely. And the pharmacy has an appropriate area where confidential conversations can take place.

Principle 4. Services, including medicines management

Standards met

​People can easily access the pharmacy’s services. The pharmacy obtains its medicines from reputable sources. It stores and manages its medicines well. And the pharmacy regularly identifies as well as advises people with higher-risk medicines so that they can take their medicines safely.

Principle 5. Equipment and facilities

Standards met

​The pharmacy has the necessary equipment and facilities it needs to provide its services safely. Its equipment is clean. And used appropriately to protect people’s private information.

Pharmacy details

Level 2 Amersham Hospital
Whielden Street
United Kingdom

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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