Our team of pharmacists provide clinical pharmacy services to inpatients and some outpatients at all four Quinte Health Care hospital sites. We are committed to the ongoing development of the pharmaceutical care model of practice.
Our pharmacists are active members of corporate-wide multidisciplinary service teams and councils as well as the Pharmacy Professional Practice Committee. They provide in-services, clinical teaching, and drug information to other health care professionals and the public. They also are active participants in the education and training of new staff, pharmacy students and interns, and pharmacy technician students. We provide two practice sites for placement of pharmacy students for their Structured Practical Experience Program (SPEP) through the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto, and Dalhousie University. We are very committed to continuing education for our pharmacists.
We have one satellite pharmacy in Oncology where our Oncology pharmacists and chemotherapy technicians work next to our Oncology Clinic. This has greatly improved this aspect of our service, both in drug distribution and clinical pharmacy activities. In 2003 we completed implementation of a corporate-wide automated drug distribution system. Any pharmacist time relieved from drug distribution activities was redirected to direct patient care. In June 2004, we completed the implementation of a pharmacy-based computer-generated medication administration record on our nursing units at all four sites. The Pharmacy Department at QHC is committed to moving forward with a goal to improving patient safety and patient outcomes.