'The right medicine'
Hospital pharmacy forms a vital part of the Health Service, providing a broad range of services. Pharmacy staff work alongside other healthcare professionals to help patients and their carers get the best from medicines.
Hospital pharmacists are healthcare professionals with the broadest and deepest expertise in the use of medicines. They are responsible for the quality, effectiveness and safety of medicines in the hospital.
Pharmacists and their technical support staff make a key contribution to clinical governance across secondary care. The pharmacy staff at Noble's have been involved in a number of initiatives to promote the safe use of medicines, such as the design of a new inpatient prescription chart and the production and review of many policies and guidelines.
Partners in care
Pharmacy staff work in different teams to provide a variety of services. The general pharmacy team takes responsibility for pharmaceutical services such as the purchasing and dispensing of medicines.
Pharmacy staff are also involved in specialist areas such as:
- oncology (cancer)
- cardiac rehabilitation
- palliative care
- paediatrics (childrens medicine) - this including cystic fibrosis
- neonatology (care of newborn babies).
Medicines information is another key area where pharmaceutical knowledge is of benefit to patient care. Pharmacists at Noble's Hospital are members of the following strategy/policy groups:
- Drugs and Therapeutics Committee
- Primary Care Prescribing Committee
- Information Technology Strategy Group
- Blood Transfusion Committee
- Department of Health Research Ethics Committee
Pharmacy is a graduate profession. Pharmacists study for four years and must then complete a year's pre-registration training and pass an examination to demonstrate their competence to enter the register of the General Pharmaceutical Council. Further information about Pharmacists may be obtained from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.
They must then undertake continuing professional development to maintain competence and keep up to date throughout their careers. Pharmacy technicians are also highly skilled and qualify after 2 years with a BTEC (Pharmacy) or NVQ in Pharmacy Services level 3 qualification. They may additionally be trained in aseptic dispensing and have to undertake regular re-validation tests to show that their skills meet the high standard required.
Pharmacy technicians also register with the General Pharmaceutical Council and have their own professional code of ethics.
Further information about Pharmacy Technicians may be obtained from the Association of Pharmacy Technicians.
Pharmacy services are provided by 17 whole time equivalent staff. Services are provided to all the wards at Noble's Hospital, and to Ramsey and District Cottage Hospital, Mental Health Services, Hospice Isle of Man, Community Nursing, Chiropody, Family Planning, Dental Clinics and the School Health Advisors.
Vaccines for childhood immunisation campaigns are also supplied to all community medical practitioners.
The Chief Pharmacist is responsible for an annual budget of over £2,500,000. Medicines are obtained in accordance with contracts arranged by the UK NHS Purchasing and Supply Authority. This ensures that high quality medicines are obtained in the most cost effective manner.
Pharmacy opening hours
|Monday to Friday||8:45am to 5:15pm|
|Saturday||9am to 12:30pm
Urgent advice and supplies only
|Sundays and bank holidays||Closed|
Pharmacy contact details
|Chief Pharmacist||Telephone: +44 1624 650830|
|Dispensary||Noble's enquiries||Telephone: +44 1624 650823|
|Dispensary||Other enquiries||Telephone: +44 1624 650824|
|Dispensary||Fax machine||Telephone: +44 1624 651356|
|Ward top-up||Enquiries||Telephone: +44 1624 650828|
|External order enquiries (from our suppliers)
External order invoicing enquiries (from our suppliers)
|Telephone: +44 1624 650831
Telephone: +44 1624 650832
|Medicines Information||Monday to Friday during normal opening hours||Telephone: +44 1624 650836|
|Aseptic Unit||Cytotoxics enquiries||Telephone: +44 1624 650834|
|Out of hours||Phone on call Pharmacist
For urgent advice and supplies only
Telephone: +44 1624 650000