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West Cornforth Pharmacy (9011623)

Inspection outcome: Standards met

Last inspection: 28/10/2021

Pharmacy context

This is a community pharmacy in West Cornforth, Ferryhill. The pharmacy recently relocated to the Medical Centre. It dispenses both NHS and private prescriptions and sells a range of over-the-counter medicines. The pharmacy team offers advice to people about minor illnesses and over the counter medicines. It supplies some medicines in multi-compartment compliance packs to people living in their own homes. And it provides a home delivery service. A flu vaccination service is provided. And the pharmacy is approved to provide covid-19 booster vaccinations commencing the first second in November.

Inspection summary findings

Principle 1. Governance

Standards met

The pharmacy acts to keep members of the public and team members safe during the Covid-19 pandemic. Team members discuss dispensing mistakes and make some improvements to avoid the same errors happening again. The pharmacy keeps the records it needs to by law. People using the pharmacy can raise concerns and provide feedback. Team members securely dispose of personal information when it is no longer required. The pharmacy has relevant policies and procedures in place for most of its services. But the updated version is not accessible to all, so people may not be working consistently. The pharmacy has a safeguarding procedure and action is taken when a concern is raised.

Principle 2. Staff

Standards met

A small well trained enthusiastic team provides the pharmacy’s services. They work effectively together and support the manager. They engage in safety reviews and share ideas which they use to inform the way in which the pharmacy provides its services. Ongoing training ensures the team are up-to-date with. 

Principle 3. Premises

Standards met

The pharmacy provides a suitable and secure environment for people to receive healthcare. And its premises are clean and well equipped.

Principle 4. Services, including medicines management

Standards met

People with a range of health needs access the pharmacy's services easily. And the pharmacy manages and delivers these services effectively using technology and off-site dispensing. It obtains its medicines from reputable sources. And stores and manages its medicines appropriately.

Principle 5. Equipment and facilities

Standards met

The pharmacy has the equipment and the facilities it needs to provide its services safely. It uses its equipment to make sure people’s data is kept secure. And its team makes sure the equipment it uses is clean.

Pharmacy details

West Cornforth Medical Centre
Reading Street
West Cornforth

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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