From the pharmacy to the patient bedside with a few easy steps

Mount Druitt Hospital pharmacy technician Gloria Dziekanski, team leader Pushminder Saran and pharmacist Mary Bringera with the storage carousel in the background.

Gone are the days when the pharmacist struggles to read the doctor’s handwriting.

Today, each hospital patient’s medical script is digital and is sent electronically to the hospital pharmacy for dispensing, thanks to Western Sydney Local Health District’s eMEDs project.

eMEDs involves a range of digital upgrades including the move away from paper medication charts to an electronic system.

At Mount Druitt Hospital, the pharmacy department provides medications for around 120 inpatients at any given time, as well as patients in the dental, dialysis and community health centres and they all require a prescription.

It is also the only hospital in Western Sydney Local Health District that has a carousel dispensing machine that can hold 1,000 medications stored alphabetically.

Without this, the pharmacy would need storage the size of a hospital ward.

Mount Druitt Hospital pharmacy team leader Pushminder Saran said the doctors and nurses are enjoying the ease of ordering a patient’s medication online.

“The patient’s order is received electronically by the pharmacy department. The prescription is then clinically reviewed by a pharmacist, the medication is selected from the carousel, quality checked and dispensed,” Pushminder said.

“Our technicians personally deliver the medication to the relevant ward and to the nurse who requested the item.

If the medication is urgent the nurse normally comes to the pharmacy to pick it up.”

The eMeds project was introduced at Mount Druitt Hospital in October 2017, and has improved drug and dosage administration processes at the facility.