More choice for patients at new outpatient pharmacy

A new pharmacy is giving patients with outpatient prescriptions more choice at Southport and Ormskirk hospitals.

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust has struck a seven-year deal with Rowlands Pharmacy to operate the dispensary at the entrance to Southport and Formby District General Hospital.

All patients are given the option of collecting their dispensed prescription from a local branch of Rowlands or having it delivered to their home at a time convenient to them.

“Patients can still wait for their prescription to be dispensed in the Rowlands outpatient pharmacy at Southport but our collection and delivery service is proving extremely popular,” said David Young, Outpatient Dispensing Project Manager for Rowlands.

The new pharmacy was officially opened by Trust chairman Sir Ron Watson CBE. Prescriptions for inpatients continue to be dispensed by the Trust pharmacy

Adrian Brown, Chief Pharmacist at the Trust, said: “In common with many local trusts, we decided some time ago to identify a suitable partner to deliver outpatient dispensing services.

“Not only has this development led to greater efficiencies and cost effectiveness to the Trust, but has enabled my team to focus on improving our services to inpatients.

“We have been very pleased with results in the short time since our partnership with Rowlands Pharmacy has been in operation.”

Picture above shows Trust chairman Sir Ron Watson CBE officially opening Rowlands Pharmacy at Southport hospital with Trust Chief Pharmacist Adrian Brown, left.

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