Posted on Monday 3 December 2012
From early December, 2 outpatient pharmacies managed by Sainsbury’s are opening. Patients will need to take their outpatient prescription to one of the new outpatient pharmacies to get their medicine dispensed.
The pharmacy at St Thomas’ will remain on the ground floor of Lambeth Wing, but will be moving closer to the entrance. The pharmacy at Guy’s will move to a new location outside the building on Great Maze Pond.
In April 2013, the pharmacies which are run by the Trust will no longer supply medicines for outpatients and will only supply medicines for inpatients and patients on a clinical trial.
From Monday 3 December, if you are an outpatient at the following clinics at St Thomas’, you will need to take your prescription to the new outpatient pharmacy in Lambeth Wing:
- Baird clinic
- Ophthalmology (including the day unit)
- Private patients
From Monday 10 December, if you are an outpatient at the following clinics at Guy’s, you will need to take your prescription to the new outpatient pharmacy on Great Maze Pond:
- Urgent Care Centre (which dispense FP10 prescriptions)
- Thoracic surgery/orthopaedics/plastic surgery
- Head and neck surgery
- General medicine/elderly care
If your clinic isn’t listed above, staff will advise you when you need to take your prescription to one of the new pharmacies. In the meantime, please continue to use the existing pharmacies.
The benefits to patients are:
- The pharmacy service on both hospital sites will be open for longer hours each day, including weekends, with reduced waiting times
- At Guy’s, the new service will make it easier for patients attending the Urgent Care Centre to get their prescriptions (FP10s) dispensed before they leave the hospital
- Patients will also be able to buy a range of over the counter medicines and toiletries.
Clinics will be providing affected patients with a leaflet which includes a map and opening times. If you have any questions, please speak to a member of staff.