Dedicated pharmacy for outpatients opened at Woolwich hospital

McKesson UK, which includes LloydsPharmacy, has officially opened an outpatient dispensary this month at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich.

The opening of the outpatient pharmacy marked the launch of the partnership between Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust and LloydsPharmacy.

Andrew Kerr, healthcare development manager for LloydsPharmacy, said: “Over the nine years that I’ve been working with acute trusts, the outsourced outpatient pharmacy market has changed and our pharmacists are taking on more advanced clinical activity.

“Our new partnership with Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust is a fantastic opportunity to deliver better patient care, not only within the outpatient pharmacy but also by providing care closer to patients’ homes.”

The opening ceremony was attended by top executives of Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust,   Ben Travis, CEO, Louise Dark, pharmacy director and Steve Williams, IT & operations manager.

Dark commented: “It is crucial for our hospitals to have a dedicated pharmacy service for outpatients that is high quality and efficient. Working in partnership with LloydsPharmacy allows us to prioritise provision of clinical support for patients on wards while still maintaining a high standard of service for our outpatients.”

LloydsPharmacy became the first community provider of commissioned outpatient services for the NHS in 2009. They now have over 50 outpatient pharmacies with Trusts to provide outpatient dispensing services.