Our pharmacies

Each of the sites in our trust has an on-site hospital pharmacy providing medicines and dealing with prescriptions as a result of your hospital appointment or medical treatment. 

Normal prescription charges apply to all medicines dispensed for hospital patients. If you are entitled to free prescriptions you are asked to sign the prescription and show proof of exemption. Private patients have to pay the full cost of any medicines dispensed.

You can find further information on our services below and contact details for each of the pharmacies at the bottom of this page. 

Pharmacy services at Barnet Hospital and Chase Farm Hospital

We use an automated service to dispense medicines at Barnet Hospital and Chase Farm Hospital.

This helps free up time for staff so that they can carry out other pharmacy services and spend more time on the hospital ward. It also reduces the number of errors when we provide your medicines. As a result, waiting times have fallen by over half in the hospital pharmacy – from around two hours to an average of 30 to 45 minutes. 

An on-call pharmacist is available to hospital staff at all times, via the hospital switchboard. 

Getting a prescription at Barnet Hospital and Chase Farm Hospital

Please note, the pharmacy can process only white prescription forms issued by doctors at the trust. If your doctor has given you a green prescription – an FP10 – this can be taken to any local pharmacy, at your convenience.                                    

Pharmacy services at the Royal Free Hospital

At the Royal Free Hospital, a pharmacist checks your prescription to ensure that it is safe and appropriate. A discussion may be needed with the doctor before it can be dispensed, and some medicines need to be ordered or specially made. This may increase your waiting time.

If your hospital doctor prescribes you medicines, these can be dispensed at the Lloydspharmacy from Monday to Friday. If you are getting a prescription on a Saturday or Sunday, it will be dispensed by the ward pharmacy. 

Any prescriptions dispensed by Lloydspharmacy can only be collected from Monday to Friday. There is usually a wait of around 20 minutes.

Find a pharmacy in our trust: contact details

Pharmacies at Barnet Hospital and Chase Farm Hospital

Pharmacy services at Barnet Hospital are:

  • located on level 1
  • open Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm and Saturday and Bank Holidays from 9am-1pm
  • open for in-patients only Sunday from 9.30am-1.30pm
  • contactable on 020 8216 4257

Chase Farm Hospital pharmacy services are:

  • located on the ground floor of the Clocktower building.
  • open Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm and Saturday from 9am-1pm
  • contactable on  020 8375 1484 or 020 8375 1485

Pharmacies at the Royal Free Hospital

The Royal Free Hospital has three pharmacies, all on the ground floor. The contact details for these are as follows:

In-patient dispensary
Monday to Friday: 9.15am-6.30pm
Saturday and Sunday:  9am-12.30pm

Monday to Friday: 9am-6.30pm
Saturday and Sunday: closed

ICDC pharmacy
Monday: 9am-6.30pm
Tuesday to Thursday: 9am-5.30pm
Friday: 8.30am-5pm
Saturday and Sunday: closed

The pharmacy at Edgware Community Hospital

We also have a pharmacy at Edgware Community Hospital. The in-patient and out-patient dispensary are located on the ground floor of the main building, and are open Monday-Friday from  9am-5pm. Their phone number is 020 8732 6300. 

Contacting the patient helpline

The patient helpline aims to help answer questions that hospitals patients may have about getting a prescription and the medicine they have been given. It's open Monday-Friday, from 10am-2pm. Their telephone number is 020 8364 5247.