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Pharmacy

Mental Health & Learning Disabilities

In Essex we have pharmacy staff working in the Pharmacy Departments at Chelford Court and Rochford Hospital, and based at Basildon Mental Health Unit, Brockfield House, the Derwent Centre, the Linden Centre and The Lakes. Pharmacy services to the Robin Pinto Unit and Woodlea in Bedfordshire are provided by staff employed by East London NHS Foundation Trust.

To help you make informed decisions about medicines, the Choice and Medication website includes information about medicines that are used in the treatment of mental health problems. This includes information about side effects, comparison of medicines used for various conditions and answers to frequently asked questions for common mental health medicines.

Community Health Services

In Bedfordshire we employ two pharmacists who are based at the Archer Unit and Woburn Court. Medicines are supplied to the Archer Unit by Bedford Hospital.

In South East Essex we employ two pharmacists. Medicines are supplied by the pharmacy department at Rochford Hospital.

In West Essex we employ two pharmacists. Clinical pharmacy services to St Margaret’s and Saffron Walden Hospitals, and medicines are supplied by the pharmacy department at Princes Alexandra Hospital, Harlow.

If you need to be admitted to one of our wards or units, it is important that you bring with you all of the medicines that you are currently taking if you possibly can. This allows the clinical team to know exactly what you are taking and will help to avoid any delay in you receiving the medicines you need.

To help you make informed decisions about medicines, there is an extensive section on medicines as part of the NHS Choices website includes information about medicines that are used in the treatment of mental health problems. This includes information about side effects, comparison of medicines used for various conditions and answers to frequently asked questions for common mental health medicines.

Queries About Medicines

If you have any questions about your medicines, it is usually best to discuss them with the pharmacists who supplied them to you. If you are a patient under our care, you should initially contact your healthcare professional, care coordinator or key worker who will be able to help you and can put you in contact with a clinical pharmacist if needed. Alternatively, for general queries, you can contact us by e-mail at epunft.askpharmacy@nhs.net. This route should not be used for anything that requires an urgent response.