• Remote clinical advice

Pharmacy2U Limited

Overall: Good read more about inspection ratings

1 Hawthorn Park, Coal Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS14 1PQ (0113) 265 0222

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Pharmacy2U Limited

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Background to this inspection

Updated 27 June 2019

The provider is registered with CQC for the regulated activities of the treatment of disease, disorder or injury to be delivered via the Pharmacy2U Limited online doctor service. The provider also provides pharmacy and NHS prescription services, which are not regulated by CQC.

Pharmacy2U Limited offer online consultation, treatment and prescribing services for a range of medical conditions. These are provided by UK based, General Medical Council (GMC) registered doctors. Patients who live in the UK and are over the age of 18 years can access the service.

Subscribers to the service pay for their medicines when their online application has been assessed and approved by the prescriber. Medicines are then dispensed, packaged and posted using a secure delivery service.

Patients can access the service via the website www.pharmacy2u.co.uk/onlinedoctor. There are also contact details of the customer service team, should a patient wish to initially speak with someone direct.

The online doctor service consists of two doctors (one male and one female), both of whom are also practising GPs in their own practice. The doctors are contracted to undertake remote consultations by telephone, review completed patient medical questionnaires and address the patients’ care and treatment needs. There is a small number of customer services/administration staff, known as the ‘POD’ team, who support the online doctor service. In addition, at provider level there is a chief pharmaceutical officer, a pharmacist superintendent and a range of departmental staff who also support the service.

Overall inspection


Updated 27 June 2019

We rated this service as Good overall. (The previous inspection on 18 December 2017 rated the service as being compliant.)

The key questions are rated as:

Are services safe? – Good

Are services effective? – Good

Are services caring? – Good

Are services responsive? – Good

Are services well-led? – Good

We carried out an announced comprehensive inspection at Pharmacy2U Limited on 8 May 2019 as part of our inspection programme. We carried out this inspection under Section 60 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 as part of our regulatory functions, to check whether the service was meeting the legal requirements and regulations associated with that Act.

Pharmacy2U Limited provides an online doctor consultation, treatment and prescribing service relating to a range of medical conditions. Details of the service provided can be found on their website www.pharmacy2u.co.uk/onlinedoctor.

The provider is registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) under the Health and Social Care Act 2008 in respect of some, but not all, of the services it provides. There are some general exemptions from regulation by CQC which relate to particular types of service and these are set out in Schedule 2 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014.

Pharmacy2U Limited also provide pharmacy and NHS Prescription services, which are not regulated by CQC and do not fall into the scope of this inspection. These services, are regulated by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).

One of the doctors acts in the capacity of the registered manager. A registered manager is a person who is registered with CQC to manage the service. Like registered providers, they are ‘registered persons’. Registered persons have legal responsibility for meeting the requirements relating to the Health and Social Care Act 2008 and associated Regulations about how the service is run.

During the inspection, we reviewed a range of systems and processes relating to governance, service delivery and patient care.

Our key findings were:

  • There was a comprehensive range of systems, processes and a clear leadership structure, to manage governance and service delivery.
  • The provider had undertaken a range of risk assessments to improve patient safety. For example, risk assessing the conditions treated and medicines offered to patients.
  • Doctors prescribed and delivered care in a safe and effective way, supported by protocols and pathways based on national guidance.
  • Patients had access to information to support their decision making regarding their care and treatment.
  • There was a comprehensive recruitment process and staff were supported to participate in training appropriate for their role and to support competency.
  • Feedback from patients and staff was encouraged and used to support improvements in service delivery.
  • The service was easily accessible 24 hours per day, seven days per week via the provider’s website.
  • Staff said they were happy to work for the provider and felt very supported by managers and leaders.

The areas where the provider should make improvements are:

  • Improve the arrangements for clinical audit, including the review of consultations, to support quality improvement.
  • Consider recording all incidents, not just significant events, to increase the opportunities for learning to occur.

Dr Rosie Benneyworth BM BS BMedSci MRCGP

Chief Inspector of Primary Medical Services and Integrated Care