A recent blog in the Pharmaceutical Journal has tempted me to write this. I am no longer a hospital pharmacist and so look at hospitals from a different point of view. As a patient, I want my trip to the hospital to be as short, smooth and uneventful as possible. I don’t want drama and delay and the pharmacist has a crucial role in this.
On admission it is essential that I am treated accurately and quickly. So I want the right medicine at the right dose, administered in the right way and as soon as possible. The pharmacist needs to ensure three things:
- The clinicians have the right education and information / guidelines available to them.
- The medicines must be available.
- There are checks and measures to ensure safety.
As close to admission as possible, I need a pharmaceutical assessment and medicines reconciliation. This is not just a paper…
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