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

Patients should be reassured that there is no need to store additional medicines at home as the Government is working with the pharmaceutical industry to ensure that there is a continued supply of medicines from the moment the UK leaves the EU. A series of Frequently asked Questions have been prepared for patients:

Patients will be signposted to their Community Pharmacist for supply of their regular GP prescribed medication. If there is a supply issue regarding this the Community Pharmacist will contact the GP to discuss an alternative treatment option. When alternative treatment options are not clinically appropriate the GP/CCG prescribing advisor will liaise with the Pharmacy Department/Specialist in Secondary Care to discuss and explore the availability of national stocks of the given 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
(01424) 755255

Eastbourne District General Hospital

Kings Drive, Eastbourne
East Sussex, BN21 2UD
(01323) 417400