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Pharmacy Department

The Pharmacy Department provides a range of pharmaceutical services to patients and staff in St. Michael’s Hospital. Our team consists of pharmacists and pharmaceutical technicians.


  • Clinical service
    • Our clinical pharmacists monitor and review inpatient prescriptions daily, check for appropriate choice of medication, correct dose and frequency, and for potential interactions. Non-stock drugs are supplied daily on an individual basis for patients.
  • Antimicrobial stewardship
    • The antimicrobial stewardship team (clinical microbiologist and pharmacists) ensure appropriate prescribing of antimicrobials, to effectively treat infection and reduce antimicrobial resistance.
  • Medication safety
    • Pharmacy staff, the quality and risk manager, Nurse Practice Development and all nursing and medical staff work as a team to progress medication safety issues.  There are ongoing medication safety initiatives in the hospital,  to ensure patients are treated appropriately and to minimise the risk of medication error.  A medication safety programme is produced annually, with defined QIPs.
  • Education
    • Pharmacists deliver lectures to healthcare professionals on medication-related topics.  Pharmacists are members of a number of multi-disciplinary hospital committees.
  • Patient counselling
    • Pharmacists provide verbal and/or written medication counselling to patients on request.
  • Drug information service
    • Medication-related queries from healthcare professionals are welcomed. Contact the ward pharmacist, or the Pharmacy Department.
  • Dispensary
    • Pharmacy staff are responsible for procurement, storage and supply of medications, IV fluids, dressings and feeds in the hospital.Extemporaneous compounding (manufacture) of medications is undertaken as required, when appropriate. A staff prescription service is also provided.
  • Ward distribution
    • A ‘top-up’ service is provided by pharmacy technicians. A stock list of medicines is devised for each clinical area and the technicians visit the wards regularly to top-up ward stock levels to the required quantities. This saves nursing time on ordering and ensures that frequently used items are readily available.

Head of Department

Máire Murray


tel: (01) 280 6901 (ext: 7279)
fax: (01) 663 9814