The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Pharmacy Services

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Medicines Management and Pharmacy Services provide a comprehensive array of services with the overall aim of ensuring that we get the right medicine to the right patient at the right time throughout the Trust.

The department is one of the largest of its kind in Europe comprising of pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, pharmacy support workers, doctors, nurses and business support staff.

We provide a variety of services to St James’s University Hospital, Leeds General Infirmary, Chapel Allerton and Seacroft Hospitals. We also provide services to a variety of external organisations.

What we do

As experts in medicines, the main focus of our role involves applying our extensive pharmaceutical knowledge to ensure that medicines are used in the most effective and appropriate way.

Managing patients’ medicines involves checking prescriptions to ensure that the right medication is being used at the right dose for the right condition. Medicine safety is of paramount importance so part of our role involves regular monitoring of the patient's condition by ensuring the necessary checks, such as blood tests, are performed.

We can help patients understand what medicines they need to take, when to take them, what they are being used for and help educate them about possible side effects. When patients are unable to take their medicines for any reason, we work with them to find ways around the problem, eg using liquids rather than tablets, placing the tablets in compliance aids or using reminder cards to help patients remember when to take their medicines.