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    Hi all
    I’m moving to Scotland and starting a new job at a hospital pharmacy.
    Its a large general hospital so quite busy which I’m really looking forward to (I currently work in a small village which is very quiet! Lucky for some, right!!) but I’m concerned that I’ve worked in community for going on 11 years now and I won’t know where to start once I join the hospital team!! If anyone has any hints and tips for me I would be super grateful

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    • #3
      Grab a copy of the mini Oxford medical dictionary. Really useful for medical result interpretation. CPPE courses on clinical checks and interactions are great too.

      Best of luck!!!
      I remember when a blog was an individual boot.


      • #4
        It's completely different. Go into it in the frame of mind that community and hospital are two very separate jobs. In Community, you deal with people/patients and hand-held Rx and your boss is usually the pharmacist. In the hospital, there are no people/patients to deal with (unless you qualify to go up on the wards, but that can take five years if you're not already an ACT) and the Rx are usually read straight from the computer and the medicine picked via a robot, and your boss will more than likely be a technician. For me, it was too different and I went back to community. Good luck!


        • #5
          Easiest thing is to forget 99% of what you know about community pharmacy. They are two completely different animals


          • #6
            Hi, I've worked in both hospital and community and yes, they are slightly different but the core in-patient and out-patient dispensing is essentially the same. There is more of a expectation for your own in-process accuracy self-checking throughout the dispensing process, as hospitals face greater risk of litigation if there are patient safety incidents (Dispensing errors). Saying that though, this is also now moving into the community (i.e Where there is blame, there is a claim in today's society!) You will however find work on the wards interesting, which involves medicines management and medicines optimisation. This is a more clinical area of a pharmacy technician's work. If you have a manufacturing unit, you may be required to manufacture sterile, non-sterile, IV additives and cytotoxic products using aseptic technique. This will be a completely new area for you but you will receive very clear, well-thought out training, usually with a mentor always by your side initially. Training in hospital pharmacy tends to be better than in community, where students are often just an extra pair of hands and receive minimal supervision/ mentoring due to the increasing workload/ MURs/ NMS/ Flu vaccinations etc. now expected of responsible pharmacists. Take heart, I'm sure you will enjoy the more varied pharmacy work in hospital pharmacy - Good Luck and All the best!