The hospital pharmacy is responsible for:
Storage of medication
Distribution of medication
The pharmacy ensures that the right medicine is administered at the right time, to the right patient, according to the right procedure and charged at the right price.
Preparation of medication
- Magistral preparations are prepared by the pharmacy itself, such as capsules, ointments and suppositories... This concerns both commonly used medication and preparations specifically 'tailor made' for a particular patient.
- Oncological preparations are prepared just before administration. The prescription is always specifically adapted to the patient, taking into account the bodily surface area, blood values and maximum doses. These preparations take place in a separate room in a special cabinet with a vertical extraction system, the so-called ‘LAF cabinet’ (laminar airflow). This LAF cabinet ensures that the preparation is sterile and that it protects the preparer.
- Medication is repackaged in pharmacies. Many solid medicinal products (capsules or tablets) are not sold in unit doses by the manufacturer. The name, dose, expiration date and lot number are mentioned on the strip. When preparing medication based on patient and hour, this strip is cut and the information gets lost. By repackaging the medications using a repackaging machine, each tablet/capsule mentions the necessary information again.
Invoicing of medication
The pharmacy charges for the medication consumed.
Ensuring the daily activities of central sterilisation
The hospital pharmacist guarantees the quality of the daily activities related to the central sterilisation by:
- Advising on the choice of equipment and sterilisation methods.
- Approving sterilisation procedures.
- Supervising the different steps prior to sterilisation: cleaning, disinfection and packaging of the material to be sterilised.
- Monitoring the storage conditions of sterile material.
The hospital pharmacy provides information and advice to physicians, nurses and patients.
Participation in committees
The hospital pharmacist actively participates in various committees within the hospital such as the Hospital Hygiene Committee, the Medical Materials Committee and the Medical Pharmaceutical Committee.
In the hospital pharmacy, people are trained, procedures are drawn up and checks are built in to guarantee the quality of the medication supplied. Thanks to intensive cooperation with the nurses and the regular presence of a pharmacist at the nursing units, work on this quality assurance is also continued outside the pharmacy. This enables quality control across the entire line, from prescription to administration.