A team of pharmacists is responsible for providing a comprehensive clinical pharmacy service to the wards in the specialist palliative care inpatient unit, for the procurement and supply of all medicinal products and for ensuring the safe, effective and economical use of these medicines in compliance with current medicines legislation.
The pharmacists are active participants of the multidisciplinary team and provide a medicines information service to medical and nursing staff within the hospital; to the nurses working as part of the community team and to both community and hospital-based pharmacists working in the city and county.
Ensuring patient safety is a priority, with a focus on the development of medication administration guidelines for clinical staff, ensuring evidence-based clinical practice and ongoing involvement in education programmes in relation to the safe and appropriate use of medicinal products in palliative care. The department is also involved in the Hospital Risk Committee.
The pharmacy department is an accredited training establishment for Ireland’s Schools of Pharmacy through APPEL, who manage the experiential learning placements of the integrated pharmacy programme. Students are facilitated to undertake placement as part of their second, fourth or fifth year of training.
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