Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians play a key role in providing quality healthcare. They are specialists in medicines and will use their clinical expertise, together with their practical knowledge and understanding to advise patients, prescribers and nurses on the safe and correct choice of medicines, the manner of administration and the availability of medicines in a suitable form for each patient.
When admitted we endeavour to undertake a full medication reconciliation and review as soon as possible after your admission. This means we check the prescribed medicines you bring with you and those that you may be buying from your pharmacy against what documented information we can source that relates to your current medicines. For example we may check with your GP what medicines they have on your current repeat prescription.
So that we can perform a thorough check we encourage patients to bring all their own medicines with them. This enables us to undertake a review of your medicines and enables you to take the medicines with which you are familiar. There may be instances where your own medicines are the only immediate source of some treatments which are not routinely stocked in the hospitals. Your treatment can therefore be continued without interruption.
Don’t worry if you do bring your own medicines with you. They are your property and as they are used up stock will be dispensed to replenish your own medicines so that you have at least a few weeks of each to take home when you are discharged from the hospital.