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Soho Pharmacy (1093196)

Inspection outcome: Standards met

Last inspection: 13/04/2021

Pharmacy context

This is a busy community pharmacy located next door to a medical centre on Soho Road in Birmingham. People using the pharmacy are from the local community which is very ethnically diverse. The pharmacy primarily dispenses NHS prescriptions and provides a wide range of NHS funded services. The pharmacy team dispenses some medicines into multi-compartment compliance packs for people to help make sure they remember to take them. This inspection was undertaken during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Inspection summary findings

Principle 1. Governance

Standards met

The pharmacy effectively manages the risks associated with its services to make sure people receive appropriate care. It is responsive to feedback and uses this to make improvements. Members of the pharmacy team follow written procedures to make sure they work safely. They record their mistakes so that they can learn from them, and they make changes to stop the same sort of mistakes from happening again.

Principle 2. Staff

Standards met

The pharmacy has enough team members to manage the workload and the services that it provides. The team members plan absences in advance, so the pharmacy always has enough cover to provide the services. They work well together in a supportive environment and can raise concerns and make suggestions.

Principle 3. Premises

Standards met

The pharmacy provides a safe, secure and professional environment for people to receive healthcare. The pharmacy team uses a consultation room for services and if people want to have a conversation in private.

Principle 4. Services, including medicines management

Standards met

The pharmacy offers a range of healthcare services which are easy for people to access. It manages its services and supplies medicines safely. The pharmacy obtains its medicines from licensed suppliers, and stores them securely and at the correct temperature, so they are safe to use. People receive advice about their medicines when collecting their prescriptions. The team supplies medicines in multicompartment compliance packs for those who may have difficulty managing their medicines.​

Principle 5. Equipment and facilities

Standards met

The pharmacy has the equipment it needs to provide services safely. And the team uses it in a way that keeps people’s information safe.

Pharmacy details

249 Soho 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