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Pharmacy

Telephone Number: (01) 806-5338     Fax Number: (01) 806-5335

Chief Pharmacist: Joseph Leahy MPSI     

Opening Hours: 09:00-16:30 Monday to Friday 09:00-12:30 Saturday

Closed on Sundays and on National Holidays

 

The Pharmacy in the Bon Secours Hospital, Dublin is located on the top floor and employs four pharmacists and a pharmaceutical technician. We provide a dispensing service for inpatients, outpatients and staff and participate in the Drug Payment Scheme. Please remember to bring in your DPS card. There is a monthly maximum per family payable for eligible drugs, which may be claimed against income tax on a MED1 form. We notify the Heath Board and your community pharmacy if a High-Tech drug is required. On discharge the drug is obtained from your community pharmacy.

 

All drugs, alternative medicines, supplements and over-the-counter remedies currently being taken must be brought into the Hospital. They must be given to the nursing staff and will be used for you while you are in the hospital. This ensures continuity of brand and immediate availability. It also enables us to list them in your chart. It is essential to inform us of all medicines and supplements as they may affect other prescribed items. Please do not take any medicines that have not been prescribed or approved by your doctor or consultant. We can contact your pharmacy if further details are required.

 

Patient Information Leaflets are provided with most medicines and further copies can be downloaded from http://www.medicines.ie/. Please request and read this literature during your stay. You can also request and read the Summary of Product Characteristics, formerly known as the Data Sheet.

 

If you have been told to start taking antibiotics at home before admission, please follow the instructions, as failure to do so may result in a delay or cancellation of the procedure. Take your medicine exactly as directed. Do not stop taking essential medicine without contacting your doctor. Try not to miss a dose but if you do, then seek advice. Always finish the full course of prescribed antibiotic even if your symptoms go away.           

Many products bought over the counter contain Paracetamol: Lem-Sip and Solpadeine are just two examples. Do not take more than one of them at the same time.        

Regularly check your medicines to see if they have gone past their expiry date and return them to your pharmacy for safe disposal. Always read the label in full as some preparations have a limited shelf life once opened. Oral liquids, like cough medicines, should be discarded four weeks after opening. Check all packs for special storage requirements. Some medicines should be stored in a fridge between 2C and 8C. Keep all medicines and supplements out of the reach of children.

 

At any time you may have a side-effect as a result of a drug you are taking, even If you have been taking it for a long time. It may be a prescribed drug or purchased over the counter in a pharmacy, supermarket or on the Internet. Please inform us immediately if this occurs. Apart from drugs, many things can cause side effects, including vitamins and minerals, herbal and complementary medicines, dental or contact lens preparations, biological detergents, cosmetics, dairy produce, latex, plasters, gluten, flavouring or food coloring agents.

 

At the end of your stay, your consultant may order further supplies of medicines. These may be purchased from the pharmacy. We accept MasterCard, Visa, and Laser, cash or cheques. Discontinued medicines are returned to the pharmacy for safe disposal. Please do not resume taking discontinued medicines that you may still have at home, but return them to a pharmacy for safe disposal. We will try to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.