Hospital Pharmacy

We have got a Script 4 Change. Have you?

We CHOOSE to lead health innovation by changing the way clinical pharmacy is delivered.

Pharmacy staff at Christchurch Hospitals are an integral part of the clinical team – working with health professionals and patients to promote best practice and safe use of medicines.  It is not just about dispensing medicine.

Our Script 4 Change project is revolutionizing pharmacy’s role in the patient journey by providing our clinical pharmacists and ward pharmacy technicians with the tools, knowledge and technology they need to provide pharmaceutical care to the highest possible standards. Our team based clinical service is breaking new ground with enhanced collaboration and mentoring. We are well underway toward achieving the latest pharmacy goals as directed by the Ministry of Health. We are working SMARTER not HARDER.

CHOOSE variety. Within the Christchurch metropolitan area we have four hospital based pharmacies covering nearly all specialties. If variety is the very spice of life, then we can give it all its flavour.

Staff rotate around the pharmacies getting a wider clinical experience than at other Health Boards. The DHB itself has a strong focus on management and leadership and Pharmacy staff have all those amazing opportunities available to them.

CHOOSE technology. Because technology is one of the key features of the landscape now and in the future, we give all Clinical Pharmacy staff a wireless netbook with access to online clinical databases for clinical use.

We are part of the surge in technology developments like electronic medicines management, e-prescribing and electronic sharing of information between hospital and community providers.

CHOOSE success. We are very proud of the achievements of our staff.

Joanna Batcup was awarded Technician of the Year 2011 by the New Zealand Pharmacy Awards.

For the second time in three years a Canterbury DHB Pharmacy Intern won the prize for being the top Pharmacy Intern in New Zealand. December 2011 was a fantastic month for Jeremy Grooby.

“On the 12th I found out I’d become a registered pharmacist and it was my first wedding anniversary. The next day I was told I had been awarded the prize and on the 14th it was my 23rd birthday.”

Jeremy says he was really surprised to win. The final practical exam was “a pretty nerve-wracking experience”. He never set out to be the top Pharmacy intern but the result was a “real reflection of the people I am working with.” “Everyone is so helpful and there are so many people to learn from.”

Jeremy Grooby, Pharmacist

Not all our success is academic. Ruth Tramschek, senior pharmacist at Christchurch Hospital, won the two day Individual Women’s Veteran (aged 40 – 49 years) Coast to Coast title. The Coast to Coast is a gruelling endurance event where athletes cycle, run and kayak across the mountainous width of the South Island from the West Coast to the East Coast.

Ruth came out from Scotland to New Zealand in 1999 and has worked for CDHB since 2000. Now a permanent resident in New Zealand, she says she loves all the recreational options available at your doorstop in Canterbury.

CHOOSE a great career that is patient focussed. We are committed to keeping our focus on the patient journey, and have even outsourced activities that have not added direct value to patient care.

If you want to part of a clinical team working toward successful patient outcomes. If you want to be part of international research and involved in the science behind the medicine.  Then you have come to the right place.


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