When you come to hospital, bring your medication with you, including non-prescription or complementary therapy medicines.

Do not take any of your own medicines without consulting your doctor first.

Tell us if you have had an allergic reaction or side effect to any medicines in the past.

We need a detailed knowledge of all the medicines you are taking, including those purchased from health food shops, supermarkets or over the counter in pharmacies. 

This helps us give you better care and treatment. Some complementary therapy medicines don't work well with prescription medicines.

For example:

  • Some herbal products can increase bleeding
  • Some eye drops can affect your heart or breathing

Our staff will hold your medicines for you during your stay, and will return them to you before you leave.

Medicines include:

  • Tablets, capsules or liquids, patches, creams and ointments
  • Drops and sprays for eyes, nose, ears and mouth
  • Inhalers and puffers
  • Injections or implants
  • Pessaries or suppositories
  • Vitamins and supplements

Managing your medications safely

Managing your medicines safely in hospital means:

  • Letting staff know if you are allergic to any medications
  • Speaking up about your medicines
  • Asking questions if you are unsure about your medicines
  • Finding out about what your medicines are for
  • Discussing options with your doctor
  • Making sure you understand how to take your medicines
  • Making certain all medications are explained to you before transfer or discharge

Our Pharmacy team dispenses medicines for you while you are in hospital and when you leave.

Pharmacy staff visit the wards and can answer any questions you have, such as the possible side effects of any new medicine and what to do when you go home.

Contact us
Pharmacy, Parkville
Mon-Fri 8.30am-5pm
Pharmacy Outpatient enquiries
Pharmacy Administration
(03) 9342 7204
(03) 9342 8800
Medicines Information
(03) 9342 8718
Clinical Trials Pharmacy
The RMH Parkville
Ground Level Centre
300 Grattan St, Parkville, Victoria
Pharmacy, Royal Park
Mon-Fri 8.30am-5pm
The RMH Royal Park
Ground Level Robert Campbell Wing (Building 17)
34-54 Poplar Rd, Parkville, Victoria
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Last updated 14 March 2023