NHF pilots ‘bedside’ medication distribution service
The National Health Fund (NHF) has launched the pilot of its mobile dispensing unit to provide medication distribution service to patients at their besides on the wards of public hospitals islandwide.
The NHF’s Mobile Dispensing Unit programme was launched at the Bustamante Hospital for Children yesterday and in the first phase will also be available at the Kingston Public, Mandeville Regional and Spanish Town hospitals.
Hospital pharmacists will use medicine trolleys to dispense medication on the wards each day and upon the discharging of patients.
Personnel assigned to the programme will also ensure that discharged patients receive counselling and guidelines on the importance of adhering to the usage instructions on each package.
NHF Chief Executive Officer Everton Anderson said the programme marks a significant milestone for pharmacy services in Jamaica, with computer-based technology being used to improve processes, protocols and medical service to patients.
"With these mobile dispensing units will come major changes in operations at the island’s public hospitals. The clinical pharmacists will now participate in the ward rounds by providing information on the medication prescribed," Anderson said.
He said when fully implemented, the programme will also result in improved efficiency and improved standards of patient care.
Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton agreed that the units would enhance the capacity of the medical staff to more efficiently administer care to patients in hospitals.