The Pharmacy team work alongside medical, nursing and other clinical staff to ensure that medicines are used safely and appropriately. We also ensure medicines are dispensed in a timely and efficient manner, and that service users have the information they would like about their medicines.
We provide dispensing and clinical services to inpatient units, community teams and outpatient services.
Liaise with primary care when patients are admitted and discharged to ensure seamless transfer of medicines-related issues between care providers.
Visit wards/units regularly to check that medications prescribed to patients are effective, appropriate and that there are no interactions between these medications or contraindications to the patient taking them.
Ensure medicines are reviewed and monitored in accordance with good practice.
Advise on treatment options for patients as well as reviewing treatment histories for patients unresponsive to current treatment.
Advise on Trust and the Leeds-wide medicines formulary.
Audit the use of medicines against good practice standards to support the continual improvement of practice.
Provide information and advice about medicines:
Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are available to discuss medicines and provide information to patients and carers on the wards or at the pharmacy, or by telephone or email.
Run information sessions for patients and carers.
Provide training and information/advice on medicines to medical, nursing and other staff.
There is a medication helpline where service users can talk to a pharmacist or pharmacy technician about the medicine they currently take or are considering, including alternative treatment options. The telephone numbers and opening times of this service are given at the bottom of this page.
Dispense medication for Trust patients in all settings i.e. inpatient, outpatient, and community.
Provide stock medicines for the wards and other clinical units
Advise on the storage of medicines.
Advise on the most appropriate way to supply a medicine, for example if someone is struggling to swallow a tablet or forgetting to take their doses.
Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust formulary is devised in accordance with relevant National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and Maudsley Prescribing guidelines. Formulary in Leeds is developed on a cooperative basis between the principle NHS bodies in the city. Details can be found on the Leeds Formulary website.
Pharmacists advise on the clinical use of medicines and can provide detailed information about medicines for patients, carers and health professionals.
Pharmacy Technicians run the medicines supply service and provide basic advice to patients, carers and staff about medicines such as how to take the medicine,the usual dose and common side effects.
S/ATOs (Senior Assistant Technical Officers) dispense and assemble medicines, top-up ward/ unit stock medication and support the safe and efficient running of the dispensary.
Get in touch
If you are an inpatient you will be able to speak with your ward pharmacist or technician during one of the regular visits made to the ward. Alternatively you can call or visit The Mount Pharmacy, Leeds – Tel: 0113 85 55534 (open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday)