Our inpatient pharmacy serves all GRH clinical programs and services at both the KW and Freeport Campuses, including the GRH’s regional cancer centre, the regional dialysis program and the medical day care unit.
Pharmacy services are provided by more than 70 licensed and regulated pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.
Together the pharmacists and pharmacy technicians support all aspects of medication management for patients. As part of a multidisciplinary team, pharmacists provide pharmaceutical care to patients, supervise the drug distribution system and provide information and advice concerning medications to patients, patient families and other members of the health care team. Regulated pharmacy technicians focus on providing a safe, efficient and effective drug distribution service.
As part of a hospital wide medication safety initiative, pharmacy has implemented a high speed unit dose packager, an inventory control medication carousel and automated dispensing cabinets. This new automated technology supports safer seamless care for patients through bar code scanning and a decentralized drug distribution system where 95 per cent of drugs are ready and available on patient care units at all times.
In the pharmacy department we believe in fostering the growth and knowledge of our staff through regular in-services and educational events. Pharmacy services work with our Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network (WWLHIN) partners to collaborate and improve services across our LHIN. As well, the pharmacy department offers mentorship and preceptorship opportunities for students studying to be pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.
Advancing pharmacy education
Our pharmacy department is affiliated with the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy and we support multiple cooperative positions each term. As well, GRH pharmacists are involved with teaching opportunities at the University of Waterloo as guest lecturers or clinical assistant professors.
Pharmacy services vision statement:
- Leaders in the provision of patient focused seamless care.
- Committed to efficient, safe medication practices.
- Driven by innovation, collaboration and education.
- For general department information, please call 519-749-4300 extension 2778.
- For the administrative help, please call 519-749-4300 extension 2124.
- For co-op student inquiries and employment opportunities, visit our careers section of the website.