This service means that you will not have to wait for your medications to be dispensed at the hospital pharmacy. You can have your medications posted to you or come in to collect them at a time that suits you.
How does the service work?
This service is designed to help you obtain your immunosuppression medicines and make the process much easier for you.
Your prescription will be written by your RMH renal specialist in a clinic or as needed but instead of waiting to collect your medications from the hospital pharmacy, they can be prepared for you to:
- By post - we can post to your nominated address in Australia (e.g. home or work) at no additional charge
- Collect from the hospital pharmacy at a time which suits you
Who can use the service?
This service will be available to you if you:
Have a kidney transplant
- Are being seen by an RMH affiliated renal physician (in public or private practice)
- Have recent blood tests (from less than 4 months ago) available on our computer system. The request slip must have ‘cc RMHS’ on the pathology form but can be done in any pathology lab
- Have been taking the same medicines for at least a month.
- Supply us with an up to date telephone number or email address
What do I need to do to use this service?
If you are eligible for the home delivery of medicines service, you will send us a delivery address and your contact telephone numbers. Your prescriptions for the relevant medications can be left on file with the hospital pharmacy or we can provide one if you have recently been to clinic.
How will I get my medications?
In our clinic, please request a prescription from your doctor as normal. Leave it on file with us so we can send you a repeat when you request it. Leave this in the box opposite the blood taking room marker with a big purple kidney.
If you need a new repeat prescription
You can obtain one in your next clinic appointment and leave it on file - just pop it in the post box with the purple kidney outside the door RMH 1SE Nephrology).
Medications will be ready within 5 working days of receiving your request. Alternatively you can collect your medications from outpatients pharmacy during business hours or at other times by prior arrangement.
Which medicines can be delivered?
The Outpatient Pharmacy can only dispense and deliver your immunosuppression medicine such as tacrolimus, cyclosporine, mycophenolate, prednisolone, everolimus, sirolimus and azathioprine.
Will my routine care be affected?
No, all other aspects of your care will remain unchanged.
What if I have questions on my medicines?
You can contact the Renal Transplant Outpatient Pharmacist to help with all aspects of your transplant medication.
How do I pay for my medication?
We will pay the postage for you, the PBS co-payment will be invoiced with your medicines ($6.40 for concession patients, $39.50 for general patients per item). However the hospital can often supply more medication on a hospital prescription than you can get locally.
Never run out of transplant medication
If you are running out of medication and require an urgent supply, please to come to the hospital where we can arrange and urgent prescription and supply it for you. If you have a clinic appointment, you can contact us directly or use the transplant medication pharmacy box, located outside the 1SE renal offices, opposite the phlebotomy room.
If you do not have a clinic appointment, you can still contact the Renal Transplant Outpatient Pharmacist by phone, email or post to assist.
In a medical emergency, call 000. If you are feeling unwell, see your local GP or go to your local hospital Emergency department for help.