Statement 4.3

  • Section 4

“Hospital pharmacists should have access to the patients’ health record. Their clinical interventions should be documented in the patients’ health record and analysed to inform quality improvement interventions.”

What does it mean for patients? Patients can be assured that hospital pharmacists are part of patient care teams providing knowledge and skills regarding medicines and their use to assist with therapeutic decision-making and advise on clinical pharmacy and patient safety issues. Due to their education hospital pharmacists are a bridge between different healthcare professionals (such as doctors and nurses) wherever medication is requested.

What does it mean for healthcare professionals? Healthcare professionals can rely on the participation of hospital pharmacists in patient care teams to assist with therapeutic decision-making and advice on clinical pharmacy and patient safety issues. This should be widely encouraged and considered as a basic step in routine pharmaceutical care for patients.

What does it mean for Hospital Pharmacists? Hospital pharmacists must develop sustainable clinical services and maintain a consistent high standard of practice in order to ensure optimal patient outcomes. It is necessary to invest in training and specialisation to develop greater clinical accuracy, experience and awareness. National and European guidelines should assist hospital pharmacists in the implementation and development of such programs.