Our teams provide a wide range of services across the three hospital sites and in the community including:
Medicines Supply Team
The dispensary teams at Pinderfields supply a range of medicines for patients during their hospital stay across all three hospital sites and for discharge. There is a large team in our in-patient dispensary who fill prescriptions using a hi-tech robot that contains approximately 24,000 items and can dispense one packet every ten seconds.
Ward Based Teams
Our ward teams consist of approximately 80 multi-skilled pharmacy professionals who are highly trained to check patient’s medication history, and improve the safety of medicines prescribed both before admission and during their inpatient stay. As part of the wider pharmacy patient care team, these ward based pharmacists, technicians, and support workers are on hand to help patients, carers, and other healthcare professionals with questions about medication and treatment regimes, as well as performing clinical reviews to check how suitable and safe drugs are for each patient individually. They also dispense discharge prescriptions using ward mobile dispensing trolleys, and offer medication counselling and advice to patients and carers.
Medicines Information Team
The team answers medicines related enquiries from healthcare professionals and from patients and carers, helping to support the safe and effective use of medicines for individual patients. If you have recently been discharged from the hospital and have any enquiries about the medicines you have been discharged with, the Medicines Information team is here to help.
Technical Services Team
Technical Services is a specially built sterile unit at Pinderfields, where a highly skilled team of pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, pharmacy support workers, and assistant technical officers provide services to many wards and departments across the trust. These services include making and preparing intravenous drugs and chemotherapy.
Antimicrobial Stewardship Team/Pharmacy Infection Team
Our pharmacy infection team helps to treat people with infections in our hospitals. We also help to look after patients in their homes who have serious infections who are receiving intravenous antibiotics. We work closely with infection doctors and nurses to use antibiotics well, because this keeps them working for the future.
Clinical Trials/Research Team
Pharmacy clinical trials support drug research in the Trust by dispensing medications and keeping accountability records at all times. The pharmacy clinical trials team work closely with the research department.
Connecting Care Team
The aim of the service is to improve our patients quality of life by visiting them in their homes and reviewing their current list of medicines. The pharmacists can identify and prevent side effects, and help give patients the knowledge they need to be able to use their medicines well, thereby reducing the risk of unnecessary hospital admissions.
Pinderfields pharmacy provides a pharmacy service to the two local hospices in Wakefield (Wakefield Hospice) and Pontefract (The Prince of Wales Hospice). The pharmacist reviews patients’ prescriptions, discusses medicines issues with patients and carers, and supplies medicines not stocked at the hospices and for patients when they are discharged. They also give advice and training on anything relating to medicines use.
Homecare Medicines Service
Homecare is a service that delivers medicines prescribed by hospital specialists, direct to the patient’s home or nominated address. The purpose of homecare medicine services is to provide patients with more choice over where they receive their care, if they are assessed and suitable for the service.
Our procurement team is in charge of finding and buying best value highest quality medicinal products, which are needed to make sure our patients get safe and effective care, There is also a dedicated team of technicians and support workers who are responsible for keeping the wards stocked up with medicines for nurses to have available to give to our inpatients.