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London Health Sciences Centre's (LHSC) Pharmacy Services operates as a single department across all our locations:
LHSC is a leader in progressive hospital pharmacy practice and has a strong history of innovation to the profession.
Some important contributions made by LHSC's Pharmacy Services:
The role of pharmacy technicians has advanced at LHSC, with technicians actively involved in medication distribution duties, including 'tech-check tech' dispensing. This enables pharmacists to concentrate primarily on clinical activities. Pharmacists spend the majority of their time involved with direct patient care activities.
The pharmacy department has a staff of 200 full time, part time and casual employees. Service is provided to three sites (Victoria Hospital, University Hospital and South Street Hospital). Pharmacy Service is also provided to the London Regional Cancer Program which operates from the Victoria Hospital site and the department operates two accredited retail pharmacies. LRCP provides a retail service exclusively for patients of LRCP.
There is an active teaching program with involvement in undergraduate teaching for the University of Toronto and Waterloo pharmacist programs; hospital training placements for Fanshawe College and St. Clair College pharmacy technician programs and five annual postgraduate Hospital Pharmacy Residents.
The department participates in Clinical Trials Research. Several staff roles are dedicated to supporting clinical trials associated with the University of Western Ontario, Lawson Health Research Institute, Robarts Research Institute and several in-house drug trials. The department is also recognized internationally for the work of our staff in developing a methodology involving Evidence Based review to assist with Formulary and therapeutic decisions.
Each member of the pharmacy team supports the goal of improving the quality of life for all patients. Through innovation and collaboration they are dedicated to providing pharmaceutical care and supportive practices with an emphasis on excellence in service, training, education and research.