Our pharmacy team is one of the largest in the UK with over 400 staff, providing a service 7 days a week.
Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians visit the wards regularly to review the medicines of inpatients staying in our hospitals, and to make sure they are safe and effective. They provide advice and support to medical and nursing staff in our hospitals and in the community.
The team includes resident pharmacists, who are on-site out-of-hours, so that pharmacy support for inpatient medicines is available 24 hours a day.
The team also includes specialist and consultant pharmacists. They run outpatient clinics, directly caring for patients and prescribing medicines.
Our outpatient pharmacies are open 7 days a week for patients to get their prescriptions.
Other pharmacy activities include:
- medicines information
- medicines formulary
- medicines safety
- quality assurance
- manufacture of medicines to meet individual patient needs
- medicines helpline
Our outpatient pharmacy at Guy's Hospital has a state-of-the-art robot, helping patients get their medicines quicker.
Homecare medicines service
You can get some medicines we prescribe delivered to your home address, or to another address if it's more convenient.
We'll send the prescriptions to the homecare company to be dispensed and delivered to you.
The homecare medicines service is only available for certain medicines. Your clinical team will talk to you about it and ask questions to check if it is suitable for you.
For further information, please see our information on the homecare medicines service.
Health information about medicines
We've produced information about different medicines and related conditions. View our list of medicines and pharmacy information.
You might also want to look at questions you can ask about your medicines.
The NHS website has an A to Z of medicines .
You may have been prescribed a medicine that is 'unlicensed'. This is not unusual if a doctor feels it is suitable for your condition.
For more about this, read our information about unlicensed medicines.
Last updated: October 2023