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Wirral University Teaching Hospital has two pharmacy dispensaries – one at Arrowe Park Hospital and one at Clatterbridge Hospital. The main function of the dispensaries is to dispense prescriptions. The dispensaries deal with:

  • Outpatient prescriptions (from clinics)
  • Discharge prescriptions (for patients who are being discharged from hospital)
  • Inpatient prescriptions (for patients while they are in hospital)
  • Clinical trial prescriptions
  • Ward  medicine stock orders

Arrowe Park dispensary processes prescriptions from all areas of the Arrowe Park site.  Clatterbridge dispensary processes prescriptions from Clatterbridge Hospital wards and outpatient departments, Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, Wirral Hospice St John’s and Claire House.

Our dispensaries are managed by senior technicians. The technicians are supported by a number of other staff including pharmacists, accuracy checking technicians, student technicians, pre-registration pharmacists, senior support workers and receptionists. All prescriptions are clinically checked by a pharmacist prior to dispensing to make sure that medicines prescribed are correct for each individual patient and pharmacists can be contacted if necessary for advice. 

Within each dispensary we make full use of technology. This includes:

  • Automated dispensing – dispensing robots are used to store most of our medicines and select them for dispensing.
  • On average, discharge prescriptions are dispensed under an hour by Pharmacy staff.
  • Air tube – at Arrowe Park, a pneumatic air tube system allows rapid delivery of most medicines (including discharge medication) to the wards in under 3 minutes
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