The Trauma & Orthopaedic Clinical Pharmacy Team was developed in 2021 in response to the restructure of Trauma & Orthopaedic services in Ayrshire & Arran. Through the establishment of a multidisciplinary steering group, the team has overseen the design of four new pathways for the supply of medicines on discharge, established the clinical pharmacy team within the wider MDT to ensure clearly defined roles and supported staff development of new roles such as the clinical pharmacy technician.
A virtual anticoagulant education service was piloted by the emergency care pharmacist (Eimear Gordon) working in collaboration with Technology Enabled Care (TEC) Scotland (Lesley Aitken) and NHS Lanarkshire Quality Improvement (Lorraine Smith). The aim was to provide a virtual education service to ensure informed consent to treatment with a high risk medicine and improve patient experience and discharge. A project protocol was developed by the project team and approved by the UHW pharmacy for use
Through a process of patient shadowing and patient experience interviews, it was identified that the process by which patients obtained their medicines on discharge did not offer patient choice and did not result in a good experience for service users. The team identified that the clinical pharmacy team could support patients to obtain their medicines via the pathway best suited to their needs and designed and developed a Near-Patient Dispensing pathway, utilising a wardbased Pharmacy Hub to dispense medicines.
The Radiopharmacy team is a multi-professional team, which provides sterile radioactive medicines to nine hospitals across NHS Lothian, NHS Fife and NHS Borders. After decades of manufacturing radiopharmaceuticals using single photon radionuclides such as technetium-99m, the team and the Lead Nuclear Medicine Radiologist for NHS Lothian set up Scotland’s first PET scanning service using the radionuclide gallium-68.
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