Pharmacy Department

The Pharmacy Department provides a comprehensive, patient centred service to patients admitted to and those attending the outpatient clinics of Sydney and Sydney Eye Hospital

How we can help you (What we do?)

The hospital pharmacist is an integral member of the healthcare team and provides support in all aspects of medication management contributing to the safe and effective use of medication throughout the hospital.

Our services include

  • Provision of medication to all our inpatients and outpatients
  • Medication safety by ensuring that you receive or take the right medication at the right dose at the right time
  • Education to you and your family. Written and verbal medication information is available and can be supplied to you. Ask your hospital pharmacist for more information
  • Communicating with your community pharmacist and your local GP to assist with your care where applicable
  • Medication information to all health professionals of the hospital and community
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship Service to ensure the appropriate use of antimicrobials
  • Sterile manufacturing of pharmaceuticals for ophthalmic use for inpatients and  patients attending our outpatient clinics
  • Cost effective use of medicines

Who we care for?

Any person who attends Sydney and Sydney Eye Hospital.
The Pharmacy Department also provides services to Sydney Sexual Health Centre and the Kirketon Road Centre.

Who are we?

The pharmacy department is staffed by a team of pharmacists and supporting staff. Our pharmacists have clinical expertise in a variety of areas and work with the nurses and doctors as part of your clinical health care team.

Our partners

We work in partnership with your community pharmacy and your local GP to assist with your care as well as the doctors and nurses caring for you during your stay in hospital.

What to expect whilst an inpatient

  • A doctor will prescribe and review your medicines to make sure they are having the intended effect
  • A Pharmacist will record a comprehensive medication history and confirm that your regular medicines have been prescribed and follow up any differences with the doctor
  • They will review your medication chart on an ongoing basis while you are an inpatient
  • Nurses will prepare and give your medications to you while you are an inpatient
  • If you have any concerns that you have been given a medicine to take that does not look like your usual medicine, please check with the nurse before taking it
  • Do not take any of your own medicines during your stay. Your nurse is required to store your medicines safely during your stay, so you will be asked to hand-over your medicines for safekeeping. Please remember to ask for them before discharge
  • The pharmacist will be able to give you education on any new or changed medicines. If you have any questions please ask the pharmacist or ask the nurse to let the pharmacist know you’d like to speak to them

On discharge

A pharmacist will explain the purpose of the medicines you will take home and answer any questions you may have. The pharmacist can

  • give you written information about each of your medicines
  • provide an individualised handout explaining what medicines you need
  • if necessary, liaise with your community pharmacist

Usually only medicines that have been started while in hospital are supplied at discharge. A maximum of 5 days supply is given and you will need to arrange ongoing supplies from your GP.
Before you leave it is very important that you understand what new medicines have been started, what medicines have been stopped or had the dose changed.
Medicines for discharge can take a little time to arrange, and the pharmacy cannot start dispensing them until the doctor has written the discharge prescription. This can be delayed if the doctor has other patients that are requiring review.

Commonly asked questions

What medications should I bring to hospital?

Bring all of your medications with you. This includes prescription medicines, those purchased without a prescription including herbal and alternative remedies.

 Will I be charged for medications?

There is no charge for medications used whilst you are an inpatient if you hold a Medicare card or are from a country with a reciprocal health care agreement. 
If you present to the pharmacy with a prescription from the outpatient clinic you will be charged for the medication. The pharmacy staff will let you know what those charges are once you present your prescription

Research, training and education

  • Clinical trial support
  • Education and training of pharmacists of the future

Our Clinics

Waiting times

  • As an inpatient a pharmacist will review your medication charts once a day on Monday to Friday. There is no pharmacy service on the wards on the weekends
  • If you present to the pharmacy for dispensing of medications from an outpatients prescription then the waiting time will depend on how many other patients are in the pharmacy and how much work the pharmacist has to do for the inpatients

Who you will see

As an inpatient you will see a pharmacist daily, Monday to Friday. If you have any concerns about your medicines please discuss with your pharmacist.

What to bring

  • Medicare card
  • Health Care Card and/or concession card if you have one
  • Adverse drug alert card if you have one
  • List of medicines you are currently taking including medicines you have bought without a prescription, such as herbal supplements and vitamins.
  • The medicines you are taking (in their original boxes including the pharmacy) into hospital so  they can be reviewed by your admitting doctor and hospital pharmacist.
  • Prescription