Service Contact Details

83 Baillie St,  Horsham,  Vic,  3400

Tel: 03 5381 9247    Fax: 03 5381 9199

Service Description/Overview

Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians manage medicines at Wimmera Health Care Group (WHCG). Medicines management includes the purchasing, supply, storage, security and dispensing of medicines.

Ward pharmacists provide a clinical pharmacist service to acute and subacute wards at WHCG Horsham hospital. Pharmacists review medication charts and advise medical and nursing staff on appropriate use of medicines.

Pharmacists visit and discuss medicines with patients, answering questions and educating on safe use of medicines. The pharmacist may ask you about which medicines you have been taking before coming into hospital. As part of this process, they may ask whether they can verify the information by contacting your usual community pharmacy to check on all medicines recently dispensed to you.

At discharge, pharmacists aim to ensure that patients know which medicines to take at home. To assist in this, pharmacists provide patients with a written medication profile outlining the purpose, how many to take and when to take medicines. Consumer Medicines Information or other written information may be provided that gives further details about each medicine.

In addition, pharmacists provide education sessions for people living at home who participate in pulmonary rehabilitation, the ‘start understanding pain’ group, the ‘gait and balance’ group for falls prevention, and various heart health groups.

Pharmacists write protocols on the safe administration of injectable medicines to provide standardised information to medical and nursing staff. On request, pharmacists deliver education sessions to health professionals at our hospital.

Pharmacists participate on many committees at our hospital promoting appropriate, effective and safe use of medicines.

Areas of special interest:

  • Clinical pharmacy: working on the wards to improve medication safety
  • Dispensing medicines: providing medicines on discharge and to outpatients
  • Medicines information: providing answers to medication-related queries.

 

Additional Information

Open 8.30am - 5pm Mondays to Fridays and 9 – 12 Saturdays.

Closed on public holidays and Sundays.

Fees

Fees apply.

Area Serviced

Wimmera region.

Eligibility

Prescriptions must be written by an authorised prescribing practitioner.