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Information last updated 17 November 2022
Acknowledgement
The Women's and Children's Hospital is located on the traditional lands for the Kaurna people, and we respect their spiritual relationship with their Country. We also acknowledge that the Kaurna people are the custodians of the Adelaide region, and that their cultural and heritage beliefs are still as important to the living Kaurna people today.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website may contain images, voices and names of people who have passed away.

Pharmacy Information for Health Professionals

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The Pharmacy Department at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital (WCH) provides medication services to inpatients and outpatients. We also provide advice on the use of medication to other pharmacists, clinicians and health professionals.

Many of our pharmacists undertake extra education and training and have further qualifications to assist in providing high-quality services. Some of our pharmacists have postgraduate certificates, diplomas or doctorates. In addition to a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree, pharmacists at the WCH develop specific skills in paediatric and obstetric pharmacy and may further specialise their knowledge in a given area.

Services provided

Medication Supply

Hospital pharmacists, in conjunction with pharmacy technicians, ensure that all medications are available when and where they are needed. We supply medications across our hospital services and for our patients continuing with medication therapy at home, in Adelaide and across regional South Australia.

Multidisciplinary engagement and professional advice

Our pharmacists promote appropriate, effective and safe medication use for patients within the WCH. By working as part of a health care team, we are able to closely monitor patient drug therapy and make recommendations on the selection of the best medication for a patient's condition, the correct dose and duration of therapy. We can specifically tailor the medication choice or dose to be most appropriate for your patient.

We are available to advise doctors, nurses and other hospital staff on any medication issues. We provide advice on the effects, administration, availability, cost and Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) status of drugs. Valuable information resources are available in the department and may be accessed by all hospital staff and we are working on making these resources more widely available to health professionals working outside of the WCH.

By working closely with nursing staff, we can make it easier for patients to take medicine and simplify complicated administration regimens. We regularly present education sessions to other health professionals on a wide range of topics.

Medication counselling and advice for patients, parents and carers

We provide medication counselling for patients and their parents or carers and communicate information through educational strategies, including the use of consumer medicines information (CMI) leaflets.

Therapeutic drug monitoring services

Specific drug levels in the blood require monitoring, and with our knowledge of the issues involved we can help to prevent potentially life-threatening adverse effects and drug interactions, as well as advising on changes in dosing and frequency. At other times, our pharmacists can also advise on whether tests to ascertain drug levels in as patient a necessary.

Manufacturing

  • Aseptic manufacturing including preparation of:
    • Parenteral nutrition
    • Chemotherapy manufacturing
    • Injections
    • Other products as needed.
  • Non sterile manufacturing including preparation of:
    • Suspensions
    • Mixtures
    • Eye drops
    • Suppositories
    • Mouthwash
    • Ointments
    • Other products as needed.

Training Programs

  • Training of intern pharmacists
  • Training of resident pharmacists
  • Hosting pharmacy student placements from UniSA.

Quality Use of Medicines

We support and promote the Australian Government’s Quality Use of Medicines program and promote its principles and safe medication practices through:

  • Education on quality use of medicines
  • Medication safety initiatives
  • Contributing to optimising antibiotic across the hospital in collaboration with the WCH Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) team.

Clinical Trials

Clinical Trials are considered to be part of best practice medicine. They are one of many options for treatment of a disease or illness and enable consumers to access the newest, most up-to-date research treatments (including investigational medicines), before they are available to the general public.

Pharmacy aligns with the Australian Government’s National Safety and Quality Standards and National Clinical Trials Governance Framework to support Investigators and participants involved in Clinical Trials at WCH.

Pharmacy provides the facilities and services that are required for the handling of investigational medicines in Clinical Trials.

We provide advice and support to Investigators, the Human Research Ethics Committee, and participants to promote integrity of trial data and the protection of participants’ rights and well-being.