About the Pharmacy service

The service

The Pharmacy team provides information about medicines and mental health to many groups of people including psychiatrists, nurses, GPs, service users and their carers, and carer support groups as well as to other pharmacists.

If you wish to talk to one of the specialist mental health pharmacists, then ask your community mental health team or a member of ward staff to put you in touch.

Pharmacy services will vary depending on area. Some are provided in-house and others through service level agreement with community pharmacies. If you are not sure how to obtain ongoing supplies of your medicine, please ask someone at your community mental health team or on the ward.

Choice and Medication

Information is available about medicines and mental health on the Choice and Medication website. By finding out more about your medication, you can come to a decision about it that is right for you. The website has been specifically designed to help answer your questions about medicines prescribed to treat mental health conditions.

Medication and side effects

Medications change all the time and we therefore encourage you to look on the internet to ensure you are getting the most up to date information. In addition to 'Choice and Medication' site detailed above, Information is available on the following websites:

The Royal College of Psychiatrists: Under the mental health information page, detailed information is available about diagnoses and medication. There are also leaflets specifically for carers.

NICE: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, an independent organisation responsible for providing national guidance on promoting good health and preventing and treating ill health.

Electronic Medicines Compendium: Medicine guides are available through this website. These are a new source of information for members of the public who are looking for information about individual medicines that is up-to-date, reliable and understandable.

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