Health Minister Michelle O’Neill has officially opened the new pharmacy department at the Mid Ulster Hospital during a visit to the Northern Trust area.
The Minister launched the new £430,000 refurbished and upgraded former ward, which provides centralised dispensing and distribution of drugs, dressings, medical and surgical supplies for patients and community services across the Northern Trust.
Following her visit to the site, the minister said: “This new department will benefit patients providing one stop dispensing for the Mid Ulster Hospital site as well as to off-site facilities including Inver Rehabilitation Unit in the Moyle Community Hospital, the Robinson Community Hospital in Ballymoney, the GP Out of Hours Service (Dalriada Urgent Care) and The Rowan.
“It is ideally located to do this as no trust site is more than an hour away,” she added.
“The new department dispenses and distributes specialist medicines for cancer, multiple sclerosis and renal patients and specialist supplies for diabetic patients who are managed in the community.
“I am also pleased to hear that the Trust’s pharmacy team has established links on an all-Ireland basis including with Tallaght Hospital, University of Limerick and University Hospital Limerick.
“It is important that we use every opportunity to collaborate so that we reap the benefits of shared learning and all island working.”
The new department is now open for business.