HEALTHWATCH: Sacred Heart Hospital offers Bedside Pharmacy

Updated: Wednesday, August 14 2013, 10:42 AM CDT
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Patients at Pensacola's Sacred Heart Hospital can now have their prescriptions filled and delivered right to their bed side.
The program makes it easier for them to get the medications they need before they even leave the hospital.

"A new program Sacred Heart Pharmacy is offering will help put less stress on patients and bring medication right to their bedside."

The Walgreens Pharmacy located inside Sacred Heart Hospital started the program in late April.
Every patient is offered a chance to be a part of the program at no extra cost.

Amy Smallwood  "It is their choice they have the option of using and we've partnered with Walgreens for this bedside delivery."

When it comes time for a patient to be discharged the nurse will pass their prescriptions to the pharmacy technicians...

They have the prescription filled and take it right to the patients room.
"They don't have to make a separate trip or have a family member go and run somewhere for them. They can go home and have the medications they need to continue their path to improvement."

Pharmacy Technician Kelly Somma says before the program. nearly 50 % of patients would not get their prescriptions filled after they discharge...

The bedside program now makes it easier for those who may find difficulties with obtaining their meds.
Kelly Somma "Whenever we deliver the medications they're just overwhelmed happy because we work with the nurses and doctors and if there is any problem with the prescriptions we can fixed."
There are other advantages to the program as well.

"If they have it out of stock if they have to wait for the drug to come in we run and go get the drug from a different store and bring it to them, so they're definitely grateful."

"The pharmacy is open in the hospital from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm."

HEALTHWATCH: Sacred Heart Hospital offers Bedside Pharmacy
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