Pontefract Hospital and LloydsPharmacy enhance patient experience

The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust and LloydsPharmacy have established a new partnership aiming to enhance on-site outpatient pharmacy services at Pontefract Hospital, by opening a brand new LloydsPharmacy dispensary on site.

PontifractOPD opening

A ceremony to mark the opening of the new outpatients’ dispensing pharmacy took place on Friday 7 July.

The ribbon was cut by Jules Preston MBE, Chairman of The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, along with Steve Cuffling, National Healthcare Operations Manager LloydsPharmacy.

The LloydsPharmacy team is trained to offer expert advice and efficiently dispense medicines. They also have the opportunity to work with the Trust’s wider pharmacy team on complex issues.

With LloydsPharmacy handling the outpatient service, hospital pharmacy staff are spending more time on the wards, supporting clinical teams and helping patients with their medicines. This ensures that patients receive a higher quality of care, with advice and support on their medicines, during their stay and when they return home. This can also speed up the discharge process, allowing people to return to their homes more quickly after their hospital stay.

Phil Deady Director of Pharmacy at the Trust, said: “We are passionate about providing high quality pharmacy services to our outpatients, and I’m delighted to be working in partnership with Lloyds Pharmacy. We’ll be working together to make sure our patients receive the medicines they need, when they need them, along with advice on how best to take them.”

Commenting on the site opening, Andrew Willetts, Hospitals and Homecare Director at LloydsPharmacy Healthcare Services said: “We are excited to be working closely with the Trust to enhance the outpatient experience through our on-site pharmacy.

“A number of improvements have been made to improve the experience for outpatients, including a private patient consultation area, and an extended range of over the counter medicines on sale.”

The outpatients’ pharmacy at Pontefract Hospital located on Friarwood Lane is now open with extended hours from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 12pm on Saturdays.

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