Pharmacy

In-Hospital Pharmacy Services

A Pharmacist is available onsite Monday – Friday 8:00am – 4:00pm. We are supported by offsite telepharmacy overnight, on weekends and stat holidays.

The pharmacy is responsible for overseeing the safe and effective drug distribution in the hospital, as well as being a source of drug information for health care professionals, patients and families. Pharmacy services also include consultation on physician request, medication monitoring, drug interaction checks and review of patient drug therapy.

The physicians and staff of LWHA request that patients bring all current medications to the hospital for Emergency Room visits, preoperative clinics and planned admissions. To provide the best possible medication care the health care team must know about all medications taken.  This includes drugs taken by prescription and medicines purchased over the counter. On occasion patients may have to supply their own medications such as birth control tablets, eye drops, nasal sprays, vitamins and herbal products.  For more information on Medication Reconciliation expand the section below.

Medication Reconciliation

What is medication reconciliation?

Medication Reconciliation is a process where hospital staff work with the patient and their family/caregiver to make sure that the patient is on the right medication and that they are taking the right dose at the right time.

Why should we reconcile patients' medications?

Research suggests that 1 in 2 patients could be taking a medication incorrectly or not taking it at all or taking it with something else that could work against the medication. This can lead to other health problems for the patient if it is not found and fixed.

How do we reconcile medications?

The hospital staff need to get the most complete list of medications that the patient takes. Medications are not just the pills that the doctor has prescribed to you. The medications that staff will ask you about includes:

  • Prescription medications: as ordered by your doctor; the ones that you are currently or actively taking. This would include any injectables, such as insulin.
  • Over the counter medications: eg. Aspirin, Tylenol, allergy medication, cough medicine, and even creams or ointments.
  • Vitamins / Minerals: eg. Multivitamin, calcium, iron
  • Supplements: eg. omega-3, glucosamine, metamucil etc.
  • Eye drops / Ear drops / Nose drops or spray: eg. visine, polysporin drops
  • Inhalers
  • Patches
  • Medicated Creams or Medicated Ointments
  • Medication samples: these may have been provided to you by your family doctor or a specialist

What can you do to help?

Every time you come to the hospital please bring all of your medications with you. The list above outlines what is considered to be a ‘medication’. Bring your medications when you come to the hospital for an out-patient appointment with a doctor or other healthcare professional; a visit to the emergency department; or a scheduled admission to the in-patient area.
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