Pharmacy

About us

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Our Pharmacy provides services to Rockingham General Hospital and Murray District Hospitals as well as our mental health service.

Our pharmacists are qualified professionals, part of our patients health care team and will look after all drug matters while you are in hospital.

The dispensing services provided by the department include:

  • inpatient and discharge dispensing
  • outpatient dispensing for patients attending clinics.

Common questions we ask patients include:

  • the names of all the medications you have been taking at home including medications bought from your local pharmacy, supermarket, health food shop or other source, including herbal and ‘alternative’ remedies
  • if you have had any allergies or unexpected reactions to any medications in the past.

Our services

Our services include:

  • working with your doctors and nurses to achieve the best possible drug treatment on the basis of safety, effectiveness and cost
  • choosing and dispensing the most suitable form of medicine (tablets, capsules, mixtures, injections or creams) for you
  • teaching patients about medications, their purpose, how to take them, possible side-effects
  • dispensing medications for patients on the ward and coordinating supply for home use
  • speaking to local pharmacists and doctors if they need further information about a patients medication.

Pharmacy functions ‘behind the scenes’

  • Advise doctors on the choice and dose of medication, ensuring that the least number of medications necessary for treatment are used.
  • Monitor and report side effects caused by medications.
  • Anticipate problems that may occur when two or more medications are used together.
  • Advise on how to give medications. Some medications don’t taste the best. We can suggest options to improve their acceptance.
  • Dispense medications for both inpatients and outpatients.
  • Provide up-to-date information about medications to doctors, nurses, other hospital staff. We answer drug-related questions, write guidelines and prepare bulletins.
  • Supply sterile medications, prepared under special conditions (e.g. intravenous medications, anticancer medications, eye drops).
  • Coordinate, prepare and monitor intravenous feed formula (parenteral nutrition) for those patients unable to take food otherwise.
  • Advise on the selection of new medications for the hospital.

Operating hours

8am – 4.00pm, Monday to Friday