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Hospital pharmacy

Hospital pharmacies are responsible for the purchase, manufacture, dispensing, quality testing and supply of all the medicines used in their hospital.

Reports to the Reporting and Learning System (RLS) of medication patient safety incidents in secondary acute care hospitals make up a significant percentage of incidents in the RLS. Wrong/unclear dose, strength or frequency is the most frequently reported medication incident type in acute settings. Delays or omissions linked to medication therapy occur at all stages of the medication process and are a commonly reported medication incident type.


Incidents involving injectable medicines represent a significant proportion of all reported medication incidents that lead to severe harm or the death of the patient. 


Hospital pharmacists and pharmacy staff can play a pivotal role in reducing harm from these types of incidents.


The National Reporting and Learning Service (NRLS) collects and analyses incidents and develops guidance to help prevent harm. Advice specific to hospital pharmacy includes:




Use the form below to search the NRLS catalogue of resources relating to hospital pharmacy.