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Riddings Pharmacy (1107650)

Inspection outcome: Standards met

Last inspection: 26/10/2023

Pharmacy context

This busy community pharmacy is located close to a medical practice in the centre of the village. Most people who use the pharmacy are from the local area and a home delivery service is available. The pharmacy dispenses NHS prescriptions, and it sells a range of over-the-counter medicines. It supplies a large number of medicines in multi-compartment compliance aid packs to help people take their medicines at the right time. And it provides a wide variety of additional services including Covid-19 vaccinations.

Inspection summary findings

Principle 1. Governance

Standards met

The pharmacy adequately manages risks, and it takes steps to improve patient safety. It completes the records that it needs to by law and asks its customers for their views and feedback. Members of the pharmacy team work to professional standards, and they are clear about their roles and responsibilities. They generally keep people’s private information safe, and they understand how to protect the welfare of vulnerable people.

Principle 2. Staff

Standards met

Pharmacy team members work well together in a busy environment, and they have the right training and qualifications for the jobs they do. Team members are comfortable providing feedback to the superintendent pharmacist and they receive feedback about their own performance. 

Principle 3. Premises

Standards met

The pharmacy provides a suitable environment for people to receive healthcare services. It has a private consultation room so people can receive services in private and have confidential conversations with members of the pharmacy team.

Principle 4. Services, including medicines management

Standards met

The pharmacy offers a wide range of healthcare services which are generally well managed and easy for people to access. ​ The pharmacy gets its medicines from licensed suppliers, and it carries out some checks to ensure medicines are in good condition and suitable to supply. But the compliance aid pack service could be managed more effectively to ensure people always take their medicines safely. 

Principle 5. Equipment and facilities

Standards met

Members of the pharmacy team have access to the equipment and facilities they need for the services they provide. They maintain the equipment so that it is safe to use. But they could improve the monitoring of the fridge temperatures to ensure medicines requiring refrigeration are always stored at the correct temperature.

Pharmacy details

31 Greenhill Lane

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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