The aim of the Pharmacy Department is to ensure that medicines are used in the most clinical and cost effective manner and to manage the risks associated with medicines handling.
United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust’s pharmacies provide services to inpatients and outpatients within the hospitals and also provide services to St Barnabas Hospice. There are also dispensaries, clinical pharmacists and pharmacy technicians who provide a clinical pharmacy service to individual patients on the wards.
The medicines information section of the pharmacy provides a query answering service and support to the Drug and Therapeutics Committee in terms of new products, formulary, clinical guidelines and patient group directions. Its aim is to support the safe, effective use of medicines by the provision of evidence-based information and advice on their therapeutic use both to support medicines management and to support the pharmaceutical care of individual patients.
Pharmacy also has a sterile production unit for the aseptic preparation of total parenteral nutrition, cytotoxic drugs and other aseptic products for individual patients.
During the 1 day placement individuals will assist and observe various Pharmacy staff. Individuals will observe the process from initial receipt of pharmacy goods into store and the booking in process, through to the receipt of prescriptions, both hand delivered and electronic, and how they are recorded, tracked and programmed through the department. The individual will learn about the receipt and disposal of surplus drugs/medicines and there may be an opportunity to review how drugs/medicines are tracked on the wards.
In addition, the placement may include general and related administrative duties whilst shadowing various technicians and pharmacists in a busy and varied working environment.
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