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Pharmacy services provide support and advice in the choice and use of medication used for mental health problems.
The team consists of specially trained staff who are qualified experts in the choice and use of medicines. All clinical pharmacists work with wards and community teams to help you and healthcare staff achieve the best use of medication.
Our aim is to ensure that if you receive medication, they are ones that will help you the most, cause the least side-effects and that you understand how best to take them.
Click here for information dedicated to helping you make choices and decisions about your medication treatment. This site provides answers to the key questions about 130 mental health medicines and 20 mental health conditions.
You can download a handy PILL (Patient Information Leaflet), a two-page summary of the main questions and answers, or a QuILL (Quick Information Leaflet), a shorter, pictorial version of the PILL designed for younger people. There are also summary charts comparing the main medications for each mental health condition.
If you would like to discuss your medication with a member of our team then discuss this with your doctor or nurse and they will arrange this for you.
We can answer, or find an answer to, almost any question about your medication. Here are some specific areas where we can help:
The pharmacy team ask for information from you and healthcare professionals, to ensure that the medication you are given is the most appropriate for you. Typical questions are:
Don’t worry if you don’t know the answers to these questions, we can speak on your behalf to other professionals such as your GP, when we need to.
By being involved with you, and the rest of your healthcare team, we can help in deciding on the medicines most likely to work for you. As well as discussing the choice of medication, the team can help in a number of other ways. We can:
If you are admitted to one of our wards, then you will be provided with a supply of medication at the time you are discharged. Your GP will also be told about your medicines at this time, so that you will be able to get further prescriptions from them once discharged. If you are prescribed a medicine that is only available from the hospital this will be explained to you.
You can get expert help and advice on medication by asking your healthcare professional, or by ringing NHS 111.