The mission of the pharmacy department is to provide a high quality, safe, efficient and cost-effective service that is patient centred and flexible. The department provides pharmaceutical care to 500 beds approximately (which includes two regional hospitals—St Vincent’s in Athy and Baltinglass District Hospital). There is a total of 16 staff currently employed in the department consisting of pharmacists, technicians, clerical and attendant.The department provides a medication supply service to all wards, clinical review of some patients, drug information, staff prescriptions and named in-patient dispensing of non-stock to all wards.
The department supplies all wards in the hospital with a top-up service. Stock levels are agreed with nursing staff to ensure that the ward is adequately supplied with drugs most commonly used on that particular ward. This system ensures that the department can monitor levels of stock kept on wards. Technicians visit wards on a regular basis to ensure stock levels are maintained
The clinical pharmacists review in-patient medication profiles in the light of patient’s diagnosis to ensure that treatment is appropriate and adequate and that the prescribing is clear, unambiguous and in compliance with the hospital policy. The main aspects of the clinical pharmacy services are as follows:
Patients medication review
Drug history taking on/close to admission
Training and education for other health care professionals
Involvement in writing medication-use policies, clinical audits and research
The pharmacy department in Naas offers a service to all staff for dispensing prescriptions at a reduced cost. The prescriptions are left in Staff prescription red box at pharmacy main door before 11.30am and are ready for collection the same day at 4pm.
All staff within the department are encouraged to participate in continuing education within/outside the department. Weekly/fortnightly educational talks take place within the department.
At present, one pharmacist is studying for the Trinity College Master’s Degree in Hospital Pharmacy.
The department also provides in-house lectures to the public in area’s such as Warfarin Education and Cardiac Rehabilitation.
Two technicians are studying BTEC Clinical Pharmacy Technicians Diploma course through University of Derby.
Currently the department has a Pre-Registration pharmacy student.