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The Pharmacy Department provides pharmaceutical services for both patients and staff in St.Vincent’s University Hospital. Our team includes pharmacists, pharmaceutical technicians, an administrative assistant, porters and a pharmacy aide


  • Aseptics
    • St. Vincent’s University Hospital has a busy oncology and haematology service. The pharmacy has an Anaseptic Compounding Unit (ACU) where all the injectable chemotherapy for patients in the hospital is prepared. The ACU is involved in the preparation of products for patients who are participating in several clinical trials in the hospital and in the preparation of products for a number of departments including Ears, Nose and Throat (ENT), transplant patients, ophthalmology, interventional radiology and urology.
  • Clinical pharmacy
    • Our clinical pharmacists work closely with doctors, nurses and other members of the multidisciplinary team to ensure that patient medication regimens are effective and safe.  They play a key role in monitoring and reviewing patients and their medication and in providing education where appropriate. We also, if required, liaise with community pharmacy colleagues and GPs before admission and after discharge.
  • Dispensary
    • The dispensary service is responsible for ensuring the procurement and management of prompt, safe and cost-effective medicines including the distribution of patient medicines to hospital wards and clinical areas and non-aseptic (extemporaneous) compounding.
  • Education and formulary 
    • Pharmacists and technicians are involved in supporting ongoing research projects, in particular, clinical research in oncology. Pharmacists are also involved in teaching and tutoring undergraduate and postgraduate healthcare students as well as the clinical training of pharmacists for a range of courses including M.Sc. in Hospital Pharmacy in Trinity College Dublin and the National Pharmacy Internship Programme.  We also coordinate the production and publication of the Medicines Guide for the hospital.
  • Medication safety
    • A key priority for our department is to optimise the safe use of medication for patients.  This is done by identifying risks in the medication management process and preventing harm to patients by recommending measures to manage or minimise these risks.  Risks may be identified from international medication safety groups such as the Institute of Safe Medication Practice (ISMP), from networking with other hospitals through the Irish Medication Safety Network (IMSN) or from locally reported incidents.
  • Medicines information (MI)
    • The MI service strives to optimise patient care through the provision of accurate, up-to-date, unbiased information on medication use to healthcare professionals within the organisation, both in terms of individual patient care, and in the provision of general information on safe use of medicines. We answer 1,300 medication-related enquiries each year. The MI service is involved in the development of medication-related policies, procedures and guidelines, and in the distribution of a quarterly newsletter.

Other useful contact details

  • Aseptics Unit
  • Antimicrobial pharmacist
  • Clinical Pharmacy
  • Education and formulary
    • tel: (01) 221 4518
  • Hepatitis C pharmacists
    • tel: (01) 221 4176
  • Medication Safety
    • tel: (01) 221 4518
  • Medicines information

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tel:   (01) 221 4518
fax:  (01) 221 3790