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.
- 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.
- 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.
Ground Level Centre
300 Grattan St, Parkville, Victoria