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

We employ four pharmacists who support community health services in South East Essex, West Essex and immunisation and sexual health services which operate countywide. Medicines are supplied within South East Essex by the pharmacy department at Chelford Court. 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 all of the medicines that you are currently taking with you 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 medicines you need.

To help you make informed decisions about medicines, the NHS website includes information about all medicines, including those that are used in the treatment of mental health problems. This includes information about side effects and comparison of medicines used for various conditions.

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.