Pharmacy improvement project up for award

Members of the FSH Pharmacy team standing in a group
October 18, 2017

The Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH) Pharmacy team is celebrating its selection as a finalist in the WA Health Excellence Awards.

The Pharmacy compounding service improvement project has been nominated in the 'Managing resources efficiently and effectively' category.

Since opening, the large number of patients attending the FSH Cancer Centre for chemotherapy has presented service delivery challenges to nursing, medical and pharmacy staff.

A 6-month improvement project was designed to reduce waiting times for patients and improve service delivery.

The project successfully delivered on all KPIs and objectives, and enhanced the working relationships between services.

FSH Chief Pharmacist Barry Jenkins said the project had resulted in a range of improvements for patients, staff and the health service.

“We wanted to improve the coordination of outsourced and in-house chemotherapy, to make it more efficient and cost-effective, while making life easier for patients as well,” Barry said.

“Just because we’ve always done things a certain way, doesn’t mean that’s the best way going forward. Taking a step back to redesign the way we work has had huge benefits.

“Not only have we achieved significant cost savings, patients are now waiting less, and there’s more collaboration between pharmacy and nursing.”

See the full list of finalists (external site).

Winners will be announced at the awards dinner on 8 November.