Pharmacy Inpatient Services

What we do

The Pharmacy Department provides a comprehensive clinical and technical pharmacy service to the Trust, utilising our knowledge and skills to deliver safe, effective and timely supply of medicines and provide clinical expertise in all aspects of medicines management. In line with the Trust values, Pharmacy is trusted to provide safe, effective and compassionate care.

Pharmacy Opening Times

Monday to Friday: 08:30 - 17:00
Saturday and Sunday: 10:30 - 15:30
Bank Holiday Service: 10:30 - 15:30
Christmas Day: CLOSED

The Pharmacy Team

  • Pharmacists: experts in the safe use of medications.
  • Pharmacy Technicians: registered professionals providing medicines management and medicines optimisation services.
  • Assistant Technical Officers: dispensing, procurement, pharmacy stores and distribution.
  • Student Technicians: in training to become a registered pharmacy technician.
  • Pre-Registration Pharmacists: in training to become a registered pharmacist.
  • Office staff: provide admin support to the department.
All pharmacy staff are easily identifiable on wards. All the team members wear black uniform, either tunics or polo shirts with white piping / green cross.

Community services

South Warwickshire Foundation Trust pharmacy provides a clinical pharmacy service to community hospitals at Stratford and Ellen Badger. The pharmacist providing the weekly service completes medication reviews and attends multidisciplinary meetings. The pharmacy team has links with the community nurse teams in North and South Warwickshire to provide advice on medications and governance. At the Central England Rehabilitation Unit (CERU) the pharmacists advise on medications for complex patients receiving neurorehabilitation following stroke, brain injuries or multiple sclerosis.

Outpatient Pharmacy

Dispensing of outpatient prescriptions and certain hospital discharges takes place via the Trust’s own subsidiary called SWFT Clinical Services, situated of the main corridor within the main hospital and on the Stratford Hospital site.

Contact

Outpatient:
Outpatient Pharmacy - SWFT Clinical Services
Tel: 01926 495 321 Ext. 8342
Opening times: Monday – Friday 08:30am – 05:30pm

Inpatient:
Pharmacy Department, Warwick Hospital, Lakin Road, Warwick, CV34 5BW
Tel: 019216 495321 – Ext 4162
Opening Times: Monday – Friday 08:30am – 05:00pm, Saturday 10:30 – 15:30 Sunday 10:30 – 15:30

Community:
Pharmacy Department
Warwick Hospital
Tel: 01926 495321 Ext 4958/4003, Bleep 7150
Email: Jo Hughes – Principal Clinical Service Manager: Joanne.hughes@swft.nhs.uk

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Dispensary, distribution and stores

The supply of medicines to patients is a challenging operation within any hospital. We process in-patient supplies, discharge medications (TTOs) and stock requests. Our dynamic team work within our semi-automated dispensary and distribution areas to deliver approximately 1000 dispensed and ward-stock items each day to ensure medicines are available to patients when they need them.

Our ward topping up representatives ensure that ward stock medicines are properly maintained, and we work to prioritise urgent supplies to help make sure critical doses of medicines are not missed. We also work closely with the multidisciplinary teams to facilitate prompt dispensing of medicines for timely patient discharges.

White, hospital outpatient prescriptions are only accepted at main pharmacy at weekends and bank holidays when the outpatient pharmacy (SWFT Clinical Services) is closed.

Ward based medicines management

Our team of ward-based technicians work alongside ward pharmacists to deliver safe and effective medicines to patients at ward level. We are often the first pharmacy contact for patients, establishing a full medication history and ensuring that this has been checked against current prescribing in hospital.

Our ward-based technicians are available to give advice to patients on how to use their medicines, as well as facilitating supplies of medicines in a timely manner through the dispensary and distribution services.

The ward-based technician role is ever developing, and we are constantly moving forwards to advance the role to have an even greater impact on medicines-related patient care.

  • Ward Based
  • Medicines Reconciliation
  • Non-stock ordering
  • Prescribing and Administration advice
  • Discharge planning and facilitation

Ward based clinical pharmacy

The clinical pharmacy team manage the safe use of medicines by advising patients, medical and nursing staff on medication usage. Input by pharmacy staff when patients are admitted and discharged to and from hospital ensures medications are prescribed correctly. Patients can ask ward staff if they would like to consult with a member of the pharmacy team about medicines.

Some SWFT pharmacists have completed additional qualifications which allow them to assess patients and prescribe medications. Currently pharmacist prescribers are working at SWFT in the areas of antibiotics, respiratory and anticoagulation. This allows improved access to medicines and patient education.

Aseptics

The Aseptics Team at Warwick hospital are a team that covers both the clinical and technical aspects of our service to Cancer patients and other specialties. We dispense just over 10,500 items a year that are either prepared in our aseptic unit or outsourced from other providers before being checked and dispensed ready for our patients.

Our newly refurbished aseptic unit has 4 isolators spread over two rooms and has room to expand as we support surrounding Trusts by selling products through our recently obtained MHRA license.

We work well with the multidisciplinary team supporting them with protocol work right through to individual prescribing decisions.

  • Chemotherapy
  • IV reconstitution for high risk drugs
  • Manufacturing under License
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