The WGH Pharmacy service promotes health and wellness and plays a key role in supporting safe and excellent hospital care. Our team of skilled and knowledgeable pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and assistants ensure safe and accurate preparation of medicines and other treatments. We also encourage an open and positive atmosphere of learning, which proactively involves our patients in and increases awareness about their care.
What we do
Pharmacists at Whitehorse General Hospital play a number of important roles on your health care team:
- oversee all drug utilization, including distribution, clinical teaching, formulary management, purchasing and storage
- prepare, assist with and/or oversee specialized treatments such as chemotherapy, total parental nutrition (TPN) and patient controlled analgesia (PCA) pumps
- provide medications and 24/7 support to patient care areas in all three Yukon hospitals
- promote understanding and awareness of medications and safety by providing information to patients, their families and our health care professionals
- continuously follow established processes, implement emerging national standards and review our hospitals' on-going practices to ensure that we meet the highest level of medication safety
Knowing about your medications, talking about them with your health provider and asking questions will help you take an active role in your health care.
When you come to the hospital, it is important to bring all of your medications from home along with an up-to-date list with the dose, the time you take it and what you take it for. This includes prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications like Tylenol, vitamins, supplements and herbal therapies. Both our hospital team and our patients have a very important role to play in sharing information about medication. This helps to ensure you are treated with the right medication.
What to expect
When you come to hospital, you can expect that the physician, nurse or pharmacist will ask you questions about what medications you are taking, including any perscription, over-the-counter or herbal treatments. This will happen several times during your stay.
This process is called "medication reconciliation" and is meant to establish your best possible medication history and ensure this is communicated clearly at all the different points during your stay in hospital and when you are ready to leave.