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Pharmacy stores and distribution

General information

The pharmacy stores and distribution provide a service to wards and departments throughout East Cheshire NHS Trust, to other trusts (including the Central and Eastern Cheshire Primary Care Trust) and to local pharmacies.

Each year, the department purchases drugs to the value of £5.5M, with the stores holding around 4,500 stock lines from approximately 175 different suppliers.

Each month, the stores area distributes around 200 ward boxes and 80 external clinic boxes (equivalent to 7,000 individual items).

Pharmacy stores and distribution is run by a team including store keepers, pharmacy technicians, assistant technical officers, pharmacists and clerical officers.

Ward stock

Most wards, both on the hospital site and outside sites, have their ward stocks topped up by our technical staff on a twice weekly to monthly basis, depending on their usage. Other departments order their own stock, either via a paper based file system or via the pharmacy computer system.

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