HIV (Harrison wing)
Every time you get a prescription at the Harrison wing, you need to take it to the Harrison wing pharmacy first.
If you've had a phone or video appointment, the healthcare professional will do this for you.
This is so a pharmacist can check your medicine has been prescribed accurately and is safe for you to take.
The pharmacist will check:
- your blood test results
- your medicine supply records
- how much medication you already have at home (if we give you too much then your medicines may go out of date)
- what other medicines you take (to check for interactions with other medicines you may take)
Please bring the names of any medicines you take to your appointment for the pharmacist.
Once your prescription has been checked by the Harrison Wing pharmacist, you can take it to the outpatient pharmacy on the ground floor, Southwark Wing, Guy's Hospital where they will give you your medicines.
Outpatient pharmacy will not supply your medicine unless your prescription has been checked by a Harrison Wing pharmacist first.
Waiting for your medicine
If you do not want to wait once you have taken your prescription to the outpatient pharmacy, you can come back to collect them another time.
The outpatient pharmacy is open:
- Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm
- Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays, 9am to 6pm
You cannot collect your medicines at any other times or from any other locations.
If you do not collect your medicines within 2 months, your prescription will be cancelled.
Questions about your medicines
The Harrison wing pharmacists can answer any questions you have about your medicines. A pharmacist will be available to speak to in the clinic or you can contact them directly. They can:
- give advice on how to take them and get the most from them, particularly when you start or change treatment
- discuss side effects
- check for interactions with any other medicines you are taking
It is very important you attend your Harrison wing doctor appointments so that you get regular prescriptions.
You cannot get HIV medicines from your GP.
If you are going to run out of medicine before your next appointment and need an emergency prescription, you should call the Harrison Wing pharmacy as soon as possible.
You will need to give your name, hospital number, date of birth and the date of your next consultation appointment.
Please book your next consultation appointment first if you do not already have one booked.
Prescriptions are usually available within a few hours. However, they may not be available until the next Harrison Wing clinic working day if you request it in the afternoon.
An emergency prescription is usually a 1-month supply, at the discretion of the prescriber.
All emergency prescriptions must be collected from the Harrison wing pharmacy. If you are not able to collect your prescription during opening hours, let us know.