How long will it take to get my details about your hospital stay. If you prescription ready? need to continue with any medicines you should contact your GP in plenty of time to n The discharge arrangements can take Patient Information for the order them. several hours to organise and your Gloucestershire Health Community prescription is only one part of this. The What happens if I have any questions o process can only start when the Pharmacy about the medicines I have been i receives your discharge prescription. In prescribed in hospital? some cases, all the medicines you need to take home may already be in your locker There is a telephone helpline in the s so there will be no need to wait. If you Pharmacy department available Monday to Friday. r need medicines from the Pharmacy it may take up to 3 hours to get your medicines to For Gloucestershire Royal Hospital you. 10am - 11am 08454 226837. e But what if I only have a few items on my discharge prescription? For Cheltenham General Hospital 11am - 12 noon 08454 222805. The Pharmacy v We always try to do the prescriptions in a They will be happy to answer any department fair order. We often have lots of people questions about the medicines you have waiting to go home at the same time been prescribed in hospital. Your GP or community Pharmacist will also e and prescriptions can have one item or sometimes more than twenty items. It is be able to help if you require more really important that we make sure the information. n correct medicines are dispensed for you. As li well as preparing discharge prescriptions we are also supplying medicines for all of the patients in hospital, the outpatient clinic prescriptions and all of the other n departments in the hospital. Can I come back to collect my prescription? o It is really important that you don’t miss any doses of your medication. Please discuss this with your nurse. When I am at home Where do I get more medicines from? GHPI0656_06_08 Your GP will receive a copy of your Author: Pharmacy discharge prescription as well as other Review due: June 2011 The Pharmacy Department provides a wide What are the benefits of bringing in my complicated medicines such as warfarin. range of services for the whole hospital medicines? Medicines Management Technicians also including: visit some of the wards from Monday n It means that you can continue with l Dispensing 15 thousand medicines per the medicines you are familiar with and to Friday. They will make sure that you week for in-patients, out-patients, we can check in detail what medicines have enough medicines for your stay and o wards and clinics you usually take at home. We can make prepare medicines ready for when you i sure you have enough of your current leave hospital l Manufacturing medicines that need medicines when you leave hospital and to be made under special conditions that you are not confusing these with What happens when I leave s (e.g. sterile injections) or special formulations of medicines not made by medicines you no longer require. hospital? r the external pharmaceutical companies What happens to the medicines I bring A Doctor or the Pharmacist will write a l The Medicines Information Service into hospital? discharge prescription for the medicines you need to continue with when you go e advises pharmacists, doctors and nurses On the majority of wards they will be about any aspects of medication use home. stored in your own medicine locker by the On discharge, you will receive at least 7 v l The Quality Control Department side of your bed and you will be asked if ensures that medicines used in the you are happy to use them whilst you are days supply of medication you were taking hospital are of a high standard in hospital. On other wards they will be at home (unless you have said you have collected by Pharmacy and if they are still more medicines at home). You will receive l The Purchasing department buys all of at least 14 days supply of any medicines e the medicines for the hospital which suitable, you will get them back when you go home. started in hospital. Some items you will cost around £24 million per year only need for a few days until you have n l Pharmacists visit wards to check What happens if you don’t keep the brand finished the course or your condition prescriptions and advise doctors on the li of medicine I usually take at home? improves. best use of drugs We ask you to bring your own supply into What if I have my usual medicines at l Medicines Management Technicians hospital so you can carry on with the same home? visit wards to supply medication for brand you are used to. Often, we keep an n individual patients alternative brand that can be used. The Pharmacist or Technician may ask you if you have more medicines at home, if Coming into hospital During your stay so, we will not confuse you by supplying o any more. If you are not sure about which Should I bring the medicines I am taking at Which Pharmacy staff will I see? medicines to take at home, please ask. home? Ward Pharmacists visit wards daily from What happens if I have run out of Yes, we encourage everyone to bring in Monday to Friday. They will check your prescription chart to make sure that the medicines or the doctor has prescribed new their medicines from home. It is really important that we know exactly what medicines and their doses are suitable medicines? medicines you usually take at home for you and your condition. If you have They will be supplied by the Hospital including inhalers, eye drops, creams, any questions about your medicines they Pharmacy. sprays, medicines bought over the will be happy to answer them. They will counter and any herbal or complimentary give you further information about any medicines.
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