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Located in Lindsay, Ontario, Ross Memorial Hospital is an active community hospital, with a capacity of 218 beds and about 44 000 visits to its Emergency Department each year.
The hospital’s vision statement, “Exceptional people committed to providing exceptional care,” is reflected by the staff members of its innovative Pharmacy Department, who continue to find ways to expand services, despite pharmacist shortages. Pharmacy technicians perform all order entry, prepare sterile products in a clean room that meets USP <797> standards, and check each other’s dispensing. The technicians also conduct best possible medication histories for emergency admissions and for patients admitted for elective orthopedic surgery. A telepharmacist reviews and verifies all orders received on weekdays (Monday to Friday). This allows the on-site pharmacist to be involved in clinical patient care and medication safety activities.
The team’s skill is only outdone by its enthusiasm, which extends beyond the department—the Pharmacy team participates in both hospital and community events.
Photo credit: Ridout Photography (www.ridoutphotography.com); Canon 5D Mark II camera.
The CJHP would be pleased to consider photographs featuring Canadian scenery taken by CSHP members for use on the front cover of the journal. If you would like to submit a photograph, please send an electronic copy (minimum resolution 300 dpi) to Sonya Heggart at ac.phsc@traggehs.