PHARMACISTS from the Midland Regional Hospital at Tullamore, Lisa Kelly (Renal Dialysis Pharmacist) and Shirley Armitage (Birr CNU clinical pharmacist) won awards for their work at the annual HPAI Conference recently.
Joan Peppard, HPAI President and head of pharmacy in the Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore said hospital said “Pharmacists play a vital role in the Irish healthcare system. They make a significant contribution to improving medication safety and patient care by working with their hospital colleagues in a collaborative multidisciplinary way.
“I am especially delighted that two of my colleagues in the Pharmacy Department in the Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore were prize winners at the Conference.”
Lisa Kelly received first prize for her audit of medication use and associated cost savings in the Renal Dialysis Department.
Oisín Ó hAlmhain accepted second prize on behalf of Shirley Armitage, from Birr, for her work in the Community Nursing Unit in Birr. This clinical pharmacy service supports the Birr Community Nursing unit in meeting the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) National Quality Standards for Residential Care Settings for Older People in Ireland.
“Hospital pharmacists are highly trained healthcare professionals and can contribute more to the hospital setting in terms of improving patient care and delivering cost efficiencies” said Ms. Peppard
She also highlighted the success of antimicrobial pharmacists in contributing to the reduction in MRSA and C. Difficile cases reported in Irish hospitals.
Just under 200 delegates attended the weekend Conference including pharmacists from the pharmacy departments in Mullingar, Tullamore and Portlaoise.