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Inspection outcome: Standards met

Last inspection: 14/01/2020

Pharmacy context

The pharmacy is located in a residential area of Plymouth. It sells over-the-counter medicines and dispenses NHS and private prescriptions. And it delivers medicines to people’s homes. The pharmacy team offers advice to people about minor illnesses and long-term conditions. The pharmacy offers services including Medicines Use Reviews (MURs), the NHS New Medicines Service (NMS) and flu vaccinations. The pharmacy offers services for drug misusers and runs a needle exchange service. The pharmacy supplies medicines in multi-compartment compliance aids to people living in their own homes.

Inspection summary findings

Principle 1. Governance

Standards met

The pharmacy identifies its risks appropriately. Team members usually record their errors and review them as a team to identify the cause of errors. This allows the pharmacy team to make the necessary changes to stop mistakes from happening again. The pharmacy has adequate written procedures in place for the work it does. The pharmacy asks people for their views and acts appropriately on the feedback. The pharmacy has adequate insurance to cover its services. The pharmacy keeps the records required by law. The pharmacy keeps people’s private information safe and explains how it will be used. Pharmacy team members know how to protect the safety of vulnerable people.

Principle 2. Staff

Standards met

The pharmacy has enough staff to manage its workload. Team members receive training for their roles. But team members who are completing training courses would benefit from receiving protected time to learn during working hours. Team members are confident to suggest and make changes to improve their services. They communicate well with each other. ​

Principle 3. Premises

Standards met

The pharmacy provides a safe, secure and professional environment for people to receive healthcare. The pharmacy has a soundproofed room where people can have private conversations with members of the pharmacy team. The pharmacy is adequately secured to prevent unauthorised access. But the way it stores medicines that should only be sold by the pharmacy team means that people could potentially select them without consulting a team member.

Principle 4. Services, including medicines management

Standards met

The pharmacy is accessible and advertises its services appropriately. Medicines are supplied safely. The pharmacy offers a range of additional services and the pharmacy team delivers these services safely. Team members providing the services ensure that their training is up to date. The pharmacy obtains its medicines from reputable suppliers. It stores them securely and makes checks to ensure that they are still suitable for supply. The pharmacy delivers medicines to people safely and keeps appropriate records of this. The pharmacy accepts unwanted medicines and disposes of them appropriately.

Principle 5. Equipment and facilities

Standards met

The pharmacy uses appropriate equipment and facilities to provide its services. It keeps these clean and tidy. Equipment is used in a way that protects people’s private information.

Pharmacy details

638-640 Wolseley Road
StBudeaux
PLYMOUTH
PL51TE
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