Pharmacy

The Pharmacy Department provides any additional medicines that patients may need when they are admitted to hospital and ensures that each patient has enough medication when it is time to go home.

A team of pharmacy technicians and pharmacists review each patient’s prescription and are able to advise doctors and nurses on medication selection and administration. This ensures that the safest and most effective medication is selected for each patient. The Trust also provides a Clinical Pharmacy Service to a wide range of community settings.

Additionally, we provide information to patients on their medicines during their hospital stay and a dedicated patient medication helpline is available. Further information on this can be found below.

Pharmacy opening times

Conquest Hospital

Monday to Friday – 9.00am to 5.30pm

Saturday – 9.00am to 12noon

An out-of-hours service is provided outside of these times

Eastbourne DGH

Monday to Friday – 9.00am to 5.30pm

Saturday – 9.00am to 12noon

An out-of-hours service is provided outside of these times

Pharmacy information for patients regarding medicines supply and Brexit

You don’t need to take any special action to keep getting your medicines and medical products after Brexit.

The NHS, the Department of Health and Social Care and medical companies are prepared for Brexit. Plans are in place to help ensure you keep getting your medicines and medical products.

Your medicines and prescriptions:

  •  If you or someone you care for regularly take medication you should keep ordering your prescriptions in the usual way and take your medicines as normal.
  • If you are concerned about treatment, please speak to your pharmacist, GP or specialist.

The plans developed by the NHS and Department of Health and Social Care cover all medicines and medical products. This includes:

  • all prescribed medicines
  • over the counter medicines (medicines you can buy without a prescription)
  • medical devices eg surgical instruments, gloves and gowns
  • nutritional products
  • bloods, blood and transplant products (there are some medicines that are derived from blood plasma such as immunoglobulin, albumin, and clotting factors)
  • vaccines

These plans cover the entire United Kingdom, Isle of Man and The Channel Islands.

GPs and pharmacists have been asked to continue to prescribe medicines and medical products as usual and avoid issuing longer than normal prescriptions.

Extra supplies already in the UK

Companies supplying the UK with medicines and medical products already have additional stocks in the UK in preparation for Brexit.

The Department of Health and Social Care has secured more warehouse space to keep the extra medicines in.

Transport to keep medical deliveries coming into the UK

The government now has contracts with transport services to keep the flow of medicines and medical products coming in to the UK.

This includes aeroplane courier services to get medicines into the UK within 24 hours if needed, as well as priority space on other routes such as ferries.

For more information visit: NHS.uk/brexit-medicine

Our services include

Dispensary Services
Medicines Management
Clinical Pharmacy
Chemotherapy and Aseptic Services

Clinical Trials
Medicines Information
– for Healthcare Professionals
– for Patients and the Public

Other useful sources of information

Patient UK: This site provides information on a variety of conditions, symptom checkers, and information on medicines.

NHS Choices: This site provides access to a variety of health information sources. It also contains a health encyclopaedia, a symptom checker and information on medicines.

Both sites are certified as producers of reliable health and social care information by the Information Standard. This provides a recognised quality mark for members of the public.

East Sussex health economy formulary

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust participates in the management and use of a joint formulary that details those drugs recommended for use across East Sussex by hospital, community and GP prescribers.

It details which drugs have been appraised and supported by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) as being clinically cost effective.

It also clarifies which drugs require prescribing by specialists to ensure patient safety and where appropriate includes guidelines to support prescribers in making sure that drugs are used in accordance with the most up to date clinical evidence.

Careers in Pharmacy at East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

We provide this service at

Conquest Hospital

The Ridge, St Leonards-on-Sea
East Sussex, TN37 7RD
0300 13 14 500

Eastbourne District General Hospital

Kings Drive, Eastbourne
East Sussex, BN21 2UD
0300 13 14 500