We clinically screen the appropriateness of medicines used in the treatment of cancer. These medicines include chemotherapy and supportive treatments used to reduce or manage the side effects of chemotherapy.
Chemotherapy can be taken orally in tablet or capsule form or administered by injection.
If your chemotherapy treatment is to be taken as a tablet, the Doctor will prescribe enough tablets for a course of treatment on a prescription which you will then take to the Macmillan Pharmacy for screening. All oral chemotherapy treatments are dispensed from the outpatient Lloyds Pharmacy located in the main entrance of the hospital.
We will supply you with sufficient medication for that course and advice will be given on how to take your medication.
If your chemotherapy is to be administered by injection, the Doctor will prescribe the medicines using an electronic prescription. The prescription will be accessed by the Pharmacy department before the chemotherapy is due. A Pharmacist will double check the prescription before the chemotherapy is prepared to ensure the doses of all the medicines prescribed are appropriate for you.
Once your chemotherapy has been confirmed by a member of staff from the Haematology or Oncology Day Unit, Pharmacy will prepare it. A prescription will also be dispensed by the outpatient Pharmacy which provides any necessary supportive treatment e.g anti-sickness tablets ready for you to take home after your chemotherapy has been administered.
Staff are available within the Pharmacy department to answer questions which you may have about your treatment. If you are admitted to the Haematology ward for a stay in hospital, a member of Pharmacy staff will visit the ward daily and can answer any questions you may have about your treatment.
The Pharmacy office is situated in the Macmillan Windmill Unit where a Pharmacist is available or contactable for the screening of prescriptions if you attend a clinic on:
Mondays- 9.00am – 1.00pm
Tuesdays- 9.00am – 1.00pm
Wednesdays- 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Thursdays- 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Outside of these times, there is a Pharmacist available for general enquires in the main inpatient Pharmacy located on the main hospital corridor.