South Tyneside’s Pharmacy Department provides services to patients cared for at South Tyneside District Hospital and those cared for by our Community Services across Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland.
All medicines are prescribed in accordance with the local formulary, produced jointly with NHS North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care Board (ICB), which includes all medicines which have been recommended in NICE Technology Appraisals.
The role of the Inpatient Pharmacy is to ensure the safety of patients who are given medication at Sunderland Royal Hospital. Pharmacists monitor treatment to ensure each patient receives the best possible medications for their conditions and ensures that all safety procedures are adhered to.
The Outpatient Dispensary (run by CHoICE Pharmaceutical Limited) is responsible for providing a dispensing service to all outpatient clinics and to a range of other Trust services.
When you come into hospital we will need to obtain a clear record of all the medicines you take so that these can be prescribed for you during your stay. To help us do this, please bring in all your medicines when you are admitted.
Also please bring your repeat prescription sheet from your GP any warning cards, information cards or record cards for any medicines you take.
In most cases you will be asked by one pharmacists and pharmacy technicians for permission to access your summary care record, which will give the team access to an electronic summary of essential information about any medicines, allergies and adverse reactions derived from your GP record.
If possible bring your medicines in their original packs, with the community pharmacy’s label on. If you use a tablet organiser/box or a reminder chart please bring that in with you, these all help our staff to confirm the dose you take.
In most cases your medicines will be stored in individual lockable bedside cabinets during your stay in hospital. This allows your own regular medication to be used during your stay, any additional medicines you may need will be provided by the hospital pharmacy. Medicines which are no longer required will be removed and, with your permission, safely destroyed.
Please ensure that your visitors do not bring other medicines into hospital for you to take, unless they are asked to do so by a member of the hospital team treating you.
When you leave hospital please check with the nurse that you have all your medicines. You should have at least 7 days supply, and up to 28 days supply, of your medication when you leave hospital, along with instructions on how to take your medicines.
The pharmacists, pharmacy technicians or nurses on the ward will be happy to discuss any changes in your medication, and provide information on new medicines, including side effects to watch out for.
In certain cases you may be asked to visit your usual community pharmacist to discuss these changes shortly after your discharge to ensure that you understand your medicines and provide you with further advice or information if required.
Pharmacy Office - 0191 404 1058
Dispensary- 0191 404 1000 ext. 2251
Inpatient pharmacy- Inpatient dispensary 0191 5656256 extension 41480
Outpatient Pharmacy- 0191 5699163
South Tyneside District Hospital
Tyne and Wear
Sunderland Royal Hospital
Inpatient pharmacy- Pharmacy is located on the Hylton Road side of Sunderland Royal Hospital, next to the Estates, Facilities and Supplies building.
Outpatient pharmacy- The outpatient pharmacy at Sunderland Royal Hospital is located to the right of Outpatients Entrance 5 on Chester Road.
Divisional General Manager- Jacqui Butterworth
Directorate Manager- Mandy Bates
Chief Pharmacist- Dave Miller
Lead Clinical Pharmacist Surgical- Jill Holden
Lead Clinical Pharmacist Medical- Jill Davison
Lead Clinical Pharmacist- Chinny Patnaik
Lead Clinical Pharmacist- Paul Wright
Superintendent Pharmacist– James Hubbard
Dispensary Managers– Jurinda Cowe and Stephen Butler
Chief Pharmacist - Graeme Richardson, MSc, MRPharmS