Congratulations to The Royal Berkshire Hospital’s Pharmacy team who secured five “good” ratings out of a possible six, following an unannounced inspection by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPC) in April this year.
Last month the team were advised that they have received 'good' ratings in five out of the six areas judged. These were for:
The satisfactory rating related to ‘Environment’, where the report stated that the external appearance of the hospital pharmacy premises, responsible for the distribution of medicines to patients whilst in hospital, is maintained and presents a professional image appropriate for the provision of pharmacy services.
Hospital Pharmacy is an integral part of the Trust’s clinical teams, supporting all aspects of patient care from admission to discharge in the safe, appropriate and effective use of medicines . The team is made up of Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians and trained supporting staff, working closely with various teams including doctors and nurses across the hospital and off-site clinics. The Pharmacy team provides a wide range of services including clinical drug trials, chemotherapy production, dispensing of medicines, ward based pharmacists, specialist pharmacist services and Homecare services - looking after patients’ medication post-discharge. The team is also responsible for buying the drugs for the Trust. It is not responsible for the Lloyds on site pharmacy shop at the RBH.
Jean O’Callaghan, the Chief Executive of the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, welcomed the report, saying that patients and the public should feel reassured by the report and the great level of service provided by the Pharmacy team. “Peer reports from professional bodies are important and we would like to congratulate Sakeb Hussein and his team for the first class service they provide”.