Local MP sees value of hospital pharmacists

Alan Mak, MP for Havant, visited the Pharmacy Department of the Queen Alexandra Hospital on Friday, to see how the hospital deals with 1,500 prescriptions per week in addition to the advanced work being delivered across every team and department.

Mr Mak has previously visited community pharmacies and saw the difference in a hospital, where pharmacists contribute to ward rounds, giving advice on what form of medicine would best suit individual patients. He also saw how the hospital pharmacy team, under Amanda Cooper, are using electronic patient records to improve the process of ensuring the right type of medicine is dispensed to patients. Mr Mak also saw the work of pharmacists in childrens’ wards, where clinical judgement, skills and experience enhance standards of care.

Mr Mak said:

"The use of technology is delivering real benefits to patients and I’m pleased to see the Queen Alexandra Hospital leading the way. Pharmacists are making full use of what is available to them and I look forward to even greater use of pharmacists in Havant and the Portsmouth area in the near future."