The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Pharmacy Services

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Making it easy for people to get the most out of their medicines

Medicines Management and Pharmacy Services supports the delivery of high quality, specialist, and expert care for all our patients by ensuring the safe supply of medicines, and medicine optimisation, with a person-centred approach, making it easy for people to get the most out of their medicines. We support our patients on their journey with medicines, ensuring that we have medicines available for patients, and those who care for them before they need them.

The department is one of the largest of its kind in Europe, with multiple specialist services providing support to St James’s University HospitalLeeds General InfirmaryChapel Allerton and Seacroft Hospitals, and our partner organisations across Leeds and West Yorkshire. Our services deliver:

  • Medicines Procurement, Commissioning, and Supply
  • Preparative Services such as medicine production from MHRA licensed units, Aseptics, Nutrition and Radiopharmacy
  • Clinical Services (Planned Care, Cancer Care and Unplanned Care across all specialties)
  • Quality, Safety and Risk Management, and the Leeds Medicines Advisory Service providing information for professionals
  • Research and Innovation, with an extensive portfolio of research and clinical trials.

Who we are:

We have a large expert workforce comprising of pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, scientists, manufacturing technicians, pharmacy support workers, doctors, nurses and business support staff. Therefore, it is important that we have a sustainable workforce for the future and to support this we have developed multiple education and training programmes.

What we do:

  • Ensure medicines are used in the most effective and appropriate way
  • Managing medicines by checking prescriptions: Right dose? Right condition?
  • Medicine Safety - monitoring of the patients’ condition ensuring checks, such as blood tests, are performed.

Patient centred approach:

  • We can help patients and their carers understand what medicines they need to take and when to take them
  • We can support patients and their carers to understand what the medicines are being used for and understand the possible side effects
  • We work with patients when they are unable to take their medicines to find alternative ways around the problem e.g., liquids rather than tablets, use of compliance aids or reminder cards.