Clinical Services

What are clinical services?

The Pharmacy department at the Blackpool Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust employs over 120 people including; Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians, Pharmacy Assistants, Support workers and Clerical staff, all of whom play a vital role in providing medication and advice to our patients.

A Clinical Pharmacist is assigned to the majority of wards within the main hospital site, including; Acute Medicine, Surgical, Cardiac, Stroke, Oncology, Haematology, Paediatric and Neonatal directorates.

Ward-based activities include:

  • Completing medicines reconciliation on admission – Medication history taking, and drug chart review
  • Supply of medication for inpatients
  • Providing prescribing advice to improve safe, effective and economic prescribing
  • Therapeutic drug monitoring of medicines such as Digoxin, Theophylline, Lithium and Gentamicin
  • The identification and reporting of adverse drug reactions (ADRs)
  • Education of Doctors, Nurses, and other healthcare professionals
  • Educating and counselling patients about their medication
  • Writing Pharmacy-led discharges in order to speed up the discharge process.

A ‘One-stop Dispensing’ service is available for many of the wards across the Trust. This is to aid our commitment to making better use of NHS resources; minimising medication wastage and significantly reducing waiting times for discharge prescriptions. The service involves the assessment and utilisation of patients’ own medication during their hospital stay and labelling all new medications dispensed ready for discharge.

The Pharmacist works as part of the multidisciplinary ward team and acts as a source of advice and information promoting safe medicine use. They also assist in the accurate transfer of information regarding medication changes between primary and secondary healthcare providers (i.e between the hospital and GP surgeries)  Pharmacists will write ‘Pharmacy- Led’ discharges which has been shown to speed up the discharge process and reduce waiting times for your medications.

Pharmacists additional duties include: the introduction of new medicines onto the hospital formulary, financial reporting, policy and procedure development as well as the implementation of clinical guidelines such as those issued by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE).

Patient Interaction with Pharmacy

If you have any queries or concerns regarding any aspect of your medications, ask your Ward Pharmacist who visits on a daily basis. For example, if you’ve have any new medications started or any medication changes, the Ward Pharmacist can give advice and help you understand your medicines better.

A “Transfer of Care” referral can be sent to your community Pharmacy of choice, so the Community Pharmacist can also follow up any medication changes. Please ask any member of the Pharmacy team for further details.

Clinical Pharmacist working in a ward environment