What does a hospital pharmacist do?

The main role of a hospital pharmacist is to promote the safe and effective use of medication by:
  • working with the healthcare team to ensure the selection of the best medication at the correct dose for an appropriate duration
  • monitoring and preventing or minimising side effects and drug interactions
  • providing medication counselling to patients
  • dispensing medications for patients in wards, the emergency department and those attending outpatient clinics
  • manufacturing specialised medications such as chemotherapy for cancer treatment, mixtures and creams etc
  • offering specialist drug therapy advice to doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals within the hospital
  • visiting patients in their home after discharge to ensure safe medication management, and to prevent errors and readmission to hospital.