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Inpatient pharmacy

About Your Medicines - If you are coming into hospital

We want to ensure that you continue to receive the same medication you are familiar with at home. So to help us, please bring in all your medicines when you are admitted.  You may have been provided with a green plastic bag. This is for the safe storage and transport of your medicines.

Your medication may include tablets, liquids, inhalers, sprays, insulins, creams, eye drops, patches and any herbal or homeopathic remedies you have bought.

Please bring your medicines in their original containers. If you use a pre-made weekly pack, or follow a reminder chart, then please bring this also. Please carry an up-to-date copy of your prescription with you at all times.

During your stay

Do not worry if you cannot bring in your medication from home. Our pharmacy will provide anything which is needed, along with anything newly prescribed.

We will safely store your medicines in a locked cabinet by your bedside, or a locked fridge if required.
You will see members of the pharmacy team including pharmacists and technicians on the ward. We will be talking to you about your medications, so if you have any questions, please ask.

We kindly ask that relatives and visitors do not bring other medicines into hospital for you if they have not been prescribed for you. Anything you take in hospital must be prescribed and recorded on your inpatient chart. This is for your safety, if there is something you would like to take then please talk to the pharmacist on the ward.

When you are discharged from hospital

Either a pharmacist or nurse will discuss your medication with you before you are discharged. We will talk through how and when to take them, what they are for, and any side effects you need to watch out for.
We will provide you with a supply of at least seven days of any medication which you need at that time, if you do not already have a supply of your own.

Please confirm with either a pharmacist or a nurse that you are happy that you have all your medicines and all the information you need, before you leave.

Don’t worry if you get home and still have some questions, either contact us on the numbers above or call into your local pharmacy.

Main Contact Numbers

Head of Pharmacy 0191 445 2315
Dispensary 0191 445 6469
Anticoagulant Service Enquires 0191 445 2317
Medicines Information Enquiries 0191 445 6469

Call us on 0191 482 0000

In emergencies dial 999 / Non-emergencies dial 111

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