Pharmacy

Our Pharmacy Department is part of your healthcare team, and ensures the safe and effective use of medication throughout our health service.

Pharmacists will supply most medications during your stay and at discharge. Pharmacists provide advice to medical staff, nursing staff and patients. If you would like written information about your medications, please ask for a Consumer Medicines Information (CMI) leaflet.

Inpatients will not be charged for medicines supplied. However, any medicines dispensed on discharge will incur the same PBS co-payment as community pharmacies.

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.

What should I know about my medicines?

Below is a list of questions you may wish to ask you pharmacist and/or doctor with regards to new and old medicines that have been prescribed for you:

  • the name of the medicine
  • the purpose of the medicine
  • how and when to take the medicine
  • any possible side effects
  • any foods, drinks and/or medicines that need to be avoided whilst taking the medicine
  • any actions to avoid whilst taking the medicine e.g. driving, operating machinery
  • any additional advice about the medicine

If you experience any unexpected or troublesome side effects, especially if the medicine is new, or if you have concerns about any of your medicines, please let your nurse, doctor and/or pharmacist know.

Consumer medicine information (CMI) leaflets and other information sheets are available from the pharmacy department. Ask your pharmacist if you would like information on any medicines you are taking.

What will the hospital pharmacist ask me?

To optimise your medication therapy, a pharmacist may need to ask you some questions. For example:

  • Do you have allergies to any medicines or food additives?
  • Have you had a bad reaction to any medicines in the past?
  • What medicines were you taking before you came into hospital? This includes any eye drops, inhalers, injections, patches, non-prescription medicines, the oral contraceptive pill, vitamins and herbal medicines.
  • Do you have a regular pharmacy where you go to buy your medicines?
  • Does a pharmacy pack your medicines into a dosette or similar container for you?
  • Do you have any of the following cards?
  • Medicare card
  • healthcare card
  • repat card
  • safety net card
  • pensioner concession card
  • Commonwealth Seniors Health card

Medicines information centre

The drug information centre is a service offered through the Pharmacy Department. It provides telephone advice, and where appropriate, may act as a referral service by directing you to the best available resource to respond to your query or concern. The drug information centre is a service for the general public and health professionals for advice and assistance on:

  • new medicines
  • adverse effects of medicines
  • medicine interactions

It specialises in medicines for children, during pregnancy and breast feeding and for women’s health.

Phone

T: (03) 9594 2361

F: (03) 9594 6283

Contact Hours

Monday to Friday
9am – 5pm

Pharmacy Contact Information

Monash Medical Centre

Phone

(03) 9594 2360

Contact Hours

8.45am-8pm Monday to Friday
8:30am-5.00pm Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays

For outpatient prescription pick up at Monash Medical Centre:

 

Phone

(03) 9594 2364

Contact Hours

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5:15pm
(Wednesday to 7pm)

Casey Hospital

Phone

(03) 8768 1593

Contact Hours

8.45am-8pm Monday to Friday
9:30am-11:30am Saturday and Sunday

For outpatient prescription pick up at Casey Hospital:

 

Contact Hours

Monday to Friday, 8:45am to 5:15pm

Dandenong Hospital

Phone

(03) 9554 8303

Contact Hours

9am-8pm Monday to Friday
9.00am-12.30pm Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays

For outpatient prescription pick up at Dandenong Hospital:

 

Contact Hours

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5:15pm

Kingston Centre

Phone

(03) 9265 1241

Contact Hours

8.30am-5.00pm Monday to Friday

Moorabbin Hospital

Phone

(03) 9928 8724

Contact Hours

8.30am-5.00pm Monday to Friday
10.00am-noon Saturday

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