Table 5

Community pharmacists’ reflections on how prepared they felt they were for working during a pandemic

Did you have….During March–May 2020During September–December 2020
Yes
n (%)
No
n (%)
Don’t know/Unsure
n (%)
Yes
n (%)
No
n (%)
Don’t know/unsure
n (%)
Appropriate staff working patterns in place97 (74.6)33 (25.4)0 (0.0)124 (95.4)6 (4.6)0 (0.0)
Enough supply of PPE for staff86 (66.2)44 (33.8)0 (0.0)129 (99.2)*0 (0.0)
A business continuity plan in place for use in the event of staff absence over a prolonged period85 (65.4)26 (20)19 (14.6)101 (77.7)10 (7.7)19 (14.6)
A business continuity plan in place for use in the event of pharmacy closure85 (65.4)21 (16.2)24 (18.5)100 (76.9)7 (5.4)23 (17.7)
Enough stock and supply of essential prescription and OTC medicines85 (65.4)43 (33.1)*123 (94.6)6 (6 (4.6)*
Enough information about PPE requirements for staff69 (53.1)60 (46.2)*129 (99.2)0 (0.0)*
Enough financial resources to cover the additional demands on your pharmacy business63 (48.5)13 (10.0)54 (41.5)76 (58.5)*53 (40.8)
A system to manage quantity limits for patients for the supply of individual medicines56 (43.1)73 (56.2)*38 (29.2)91 (70.0)*
Enough stock and supply of hand sanitisers46 (35.4)83 (63.8)*129 (99.2)1 (0.8)0 (0.0)
  • *Not reported as less than 5, and potentially identifiable.

  • OTC, over-the-counter; PPE, personal protective equipment.