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Providing medicines for patients at NHS and private hospitals in Cornwall.

This page was last updated: June 27th, 2022

The pharmacy department provides medicine for patients at the majority of the NHS hospitals in Cornwall as well as a private hospitals. We are based at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro and have a smaller department at West Cornwall Hospital in Penzance.

We have a team of around 100 people, who dispense between 1,500 and 2,000 prescriptions every day for both inpatients and outpatients.

It is our job to make sure medicines provided are of the highest quality, available when needed, and used safely and effectively. Our pharmacists and technicians regularly visit wards to advise on safe and effective prescribing.

We also provide information and support so that our patients are fully informed about their medication and know how to take their medicines correctly.

For inpatients, we take a detailed medication history when they are admitted so that we can prescribe the most appropriate medicines. We also offer a one­-stop dispensing and prescription tracking to facilitate early discharge.

Please speak to a member of our pharmacy team if you have any concerns or questions.

The Pharmacy Opening Hours at Royal Cornwall Hospital:

Monday to Friday (5 days) 8.40am to 6pm
Saturday and Sunday including Bank Holiday (2 days) 8.30am to 5pm

The Lloyds Pharmacy Opening Hours at Royal Cornwall Hospital

Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm
Saturday 9am to 1pm
01872 262559

Pharmacy Contacts

Chief Pharmacist

Iain Davidson
01872 252593

Royal Cornwall Hospital Dispensary

01872 252588

West Cornwall Hospital Dispensary

Call the switchboard on 01872 250000 and ask for extension 4183

Medicines Information & Patient Helpline

01872 252587

Medicines Safety Pharmacist and Trust Medicines Safety Officer

Susie Matthews
01872 252593

Education and Training Pharmacist

Jo Lawrence
01872 253507

Out of hours on-call pharmacist

If it is between 5pm and 8.30pm, please call the hospital switchboard on 01872 250000 and ask to speak to the on-call pharmacist.

The Cornwall Joint Formulary

A tool to assist all primary and secondary care providers in promoting safe, effective, and economic prescribing within the Cornwall health community, by providing guidance on locally recommended drug choices. Access the Cornwall Joint Formulary here.

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