Medicines information and management

Medicines information at the Royal Free London

The medicines information team at each hospital pharmacy in our trust provides a full range of advice to healthcare professionals in both primary and secondary care and, in certain circumstances, to members of the public.

This includes an enquiry answering and advisory service on all aspects of medicine use in the hospitals in our trust, looking at: 

  • adverse drug reactions
  • drug interactions
  • compatibilities of parenteral drugs
  • dosing information
  • safety of drugs in pregnancy and lactation
  • safety of drugs in impaired renal/hepatic function
  • administration of medicines via enteral feeding tubes
  • tablet identification

The medicines information team cannot deal with questions about poisoning or overdoses. These enquiries should be referred to the UK National Poisons Information Service on 0870 600 6266. Neither can the medicines information team provide information for course work, projects or medical research.

Medicines management at Barnet, Chase Farm and the Royal Free hospitals

The Royal Free London medicines management team undertakes the formal review of clinical evidence available for the use of a medicine. The team includes pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and assistant technical officers.

We are a member of the North Central London Joint Formulary Committee which advises on appropriate, equitable, evidence-based and cost-effective medicines use. The committee consists of doctors, pharmacists, nurses and hospital patients from various provider trusts, the community and local clinical commissioning groups. If the medicine is sanctioned it will be added to each hospital pharmacy in our trust and the Royal Free’s list of approved medicines.

The medicines management team ensures the Royal Free London purchases the medicine at the best possible price and that the storage and distribution comply with current legislation. Medicines management at the Royal Free London involves monitoring, evaluating and generating usage reports of the medicine as part of the trust’s medical services.