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Clinical Pharmacy Service

Our clinical pharmacy service focuses on the safe and optimal use of medicines.

We are a forward thinking, enthusiastic and dynamic team. We continue to develop our service to meet the ever changing needs of the patient and the hospital. Patient safety is always high on the agenda.

POD (patient’s own drugs) lockers are on every ward and the majority of medicines are provided by our one-stop dispensing service. Most of our ward technicians have or are working towards accreditations in counselling, accuracy and checking, POD checking, transcribing and medicines reconciliation (under the Medicines Management skills programme of the Pharmacy Education and Development Unit of the UEA).

Most wards are visited daily and our specialist pharmacists attend consultant ward rounds. Some of our pharmacists have independent prescriber status and others in turn have the opportunity to study for this skill. Pharmacists and technicians are involved in regular clinical audits and support medicines optimisation and patient safety initiatives. Medicines cards are issued to patients to aid their understanding of their medication and with POD lockers in place, self-administration of medicines is possible by any patient who wishes to remain independent or gain confidence with their medicines. Medicines reconciliation is undertaken for patients ensuring the accuracy of prescribing on admission.

The Pharmacy service to divisions and clinical delivery groups is an important element of our Clinical Pharmacy service. Each division and clinical delivery group has a senior pharmacist responsible for promoting medicines optimisation objectives through liaison with the clinical lead, managers and matrons.

Our service is very much part of the multidisciplinary team and our contribution to patient care is well recognised and appreciated by the hospital.

Prescribing Formulary

Ipswich Hospital has a prescribing formulary in place that is jointly managed with the Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group.

In East Suffolk a local traffic light system is in place that provides guidance to prescribers and other staff as to the status of prescribing responsibility within the local health care system.