Our clinical pharmacy services focus on ward-based pharmacy teams providing a comprehensive service. Most wards have a pharmacist and a medicines management technician providing a daily service. Times of visits vary, and are arranged by mutual agreement. The level of service provided to each ward will vary across the specialties depending on divisional arrangements.
Specialist pharmacists attend consultant ward rounds. We have ward-based pharmacists and technicians on our Acute Medical Unit (MAU), medical, surgical and oncology wards. Technicians are also involved in supporting medicines management and patient safety initiatives.
POD (patient’s own drugs) lockers are on every ward and the majority of medicines are provided by our one-stop dispensing service which means patients receive a 28 day supply of medication on admission for use during their stay and at discharge. All of our ward technicians have a regional medicines management accreditation.
The Divisional Pharmacy links are key to our Clinical Pharmacy service. Each Division has a senior pharmacist responsible for promoting Medicines Management objectives in the division through liaison with the Medical Director, Divisional managers and Modern Matrons.
Our service is very much part of the multidisciplinary team and our contribution to patient care is well recognised and appreciated by the Trust. Divisional lead pharmacists are key members of many Committees in the Trust such as those for Infection Control, Audit and Clinical Effectiveness, Research, Ethics and Medication Safety.
Members of staff from the clinical pharmacy team that you may come into contact with whilst you are an in-patient are:
Clinical pharmacists and medicines management technicians.