The Pharmacy Department is an important part of your care and treatment, delivering services to promote the safe and effective use of medicines.
We provide medication management services to inpatients, outpatients and day admitted patients at facilities located across the hospital as well as within some community settings.
- medication dispensing
- providing medication-related education to patients
- ensuring safe use of medicines for patients admitted to hospital
- providing medication summary lists to patients
Our pharmacy locations at the hospital include:
- the main dispensary is located on the Ground floor of the Main Building
- the Cystic Fibrosis/Oncology Satellite Pharmacy is located in the Cancer Care/Adult Cystic Fibrosis Centre Building.
Medication before you arrive
For your safety, we ask that you keep us up-to-date about all the medications you are taking, why and how often. When you come to hospital, please bring any medications you are currently taking including non-prescription or herbal medicines such as:
- tablets, capsules or liquids, patches, creams and ointments
- drops and sprays for eyes, nose, ears and mouth
- inhalers and puffers
- injections or implants
- pessaries or suppositories
- alternative medicines (herbs and vitamins).
During your stay, our staff will store your medications in a safe place and return them to you before you leave. If circumstances occur where we need you to take your own medications, we will discuss this with you first.
Medication during your stay
Your pharmacist will ask about all medications you are currently taking and if you have any allergies. Our pharmacists will:
- establish an accurate medication history on admission
- work with the healthcare team to select the most appropriate medication for your care
- offer medication advice to doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals within the hospital
- dispense medicines for you
- explain the purpose, dose, how to use/take your medication and possible side effects
- develop a plan for the use of your medication and when to contact your doctor.
If you have questions about the medications you have been prescribed during your stay, please ask to speak to your pharmacist.
We focus on promoting the safe and effective use of medication through:
- medication histories on admission to hospital with a complete and accurate record of current and recently ceased medications
- inpatient medication chart review
- involvement in consultant ward rounds and outpatient clinics
- medication counselling to patients both as inpatients and on discharge
- delivery of drug information to medical staff, nursing staff and other health professionals
- therapeutic drug monitoring service
- training and ongoing education of staff and undergraduate/postgraduate students.
Do I have to pay for medications?
You will not be charged for medications that you receive while staying in hospital.
The doctor may write you a prescription before you leave hospital. You can use this prescription at the hospital pharmacy, which will have the same Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme co-payment as pharmacies in the community.
Medication when you leave
Our pharmacist will talk to you about the medications you take home. This includes highlighting any new medications started in hospital, why you are taking the medication, the dosage and duration, how and when to take the medication and possible side effects. A list of your medications will be given to you and extra copies will be provided to your GP and community pharmacist.
Location: Ground floor, Main Building, The Prince Charles Hospital
Phone: (07) 3139 6586
Fax: (07) 3139 6156
Open: Monday-Friday 8.00am-5.00pm
Need help outside hours?
For non-urgent medical issues call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) or visit your GP.
In an emergency call 000.