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A brief overview of the Hospital Pharmacy Specialized Center

The mission of the Specialized Center is to provide pharmaceutical care to the inpatient and outpatient population of the University Hospital in Motol as well as the set-up and control of all steps related to dealing with drugs that have an impact on the safety of patients and results of their treatment.

We process around 3.650 pharmaceutical request forms monthly and distribute over 1.022.000 packages of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and complementary assortments to the public annually.

Our center consists of 9 central departments - Individual Preparation of Pharmaceuticals, Collective Preparation of Pharmaceuticals, Central Preparation of Cytostatics, Sterile Pharmaceuticals, Clinical Pharmacy, Distribution of Pharmaceuticals I and II, Quality Control and Laboratory Diagnostics, and Medical Devices and Complementary Assortments.

How will your detailed schedule look like? What kind of preparations, procedures, methods and laboratory work can you observe? Check what can you see by shadowing every member of the mentoring team.

Is this specialty placement ideal for you?

  • This placement is ideal for you if you are already a student of pharmacy as you will be in one of the largest specialized centers taking care of thousands of people. You will be shadowing your mentors in the described pharmacy departments but also at the specialized centers with inpatient population where the help and consultation with clinical pharmacologists are needed daily. This placement offers you a fantastic opportunity to witness the process of care of the patient in this field. Check the daily schedule of your mentoring team; the members cooperate with all medical specialties. This type of placement is very intense as the Pharmacy Specialized Center works 24/7 and you can also work in night shifts.
  • Pharmacy placement is the best choice for aspiring pharmacologists and pharmacists who desire to gain international experience in a clinical environment of the largest hospital in Central Europe. Hospital Pharmacy is a very diverse workplace where you cooperate with numerous healthcare professionals in all of the parts of the hospital, and you are also in touch with adult and children patients, too.

Let's take a closer look at the Hospital Pharmacy…

The primary role of our team counting more than 90 professionals is to provide pharmaceuticals for inpatients and outpatients and to ensure the general set-up and control of all steps in dealing with drugs that have an impact on the safety of patients and results of their treatment. Apart from dispensing the pharmaceuticals, among our tasks is the individual and collective preparation of medicines in our laboratory. We ensure sterile preparations, such as cytotoxic agents or parenteral medicinal products without antimicrobial agents, and non-sterile preparations, especially for pediatric patients. 

Another part of our daily tasks is to be here for the patients and healthcare professionals across the specialties in the University Hospital in Motol. We provide consulting services to adult and children patients and healthcare professionals at the specialized centers and departments of the hospital. We organize educational activities as well as internships for pre- and postgraduate students.

We are of course involved in formulating the medication policy of the hospital and in creating the internal regulations of how the pharmaceuticals should be handled in our hospital, such as ensuring the most cost-effective medicine and so on. Another role of the hospital pharmacy is to take over the unregistered drugs and provide the drugs for clinical evaluations and or the clinical-pharmaceutical practice.

The team members of the Hospital Pharmacy regularly participate in research, surveys, national and international events or significant European projects such as the Common Training Framework in Hospital Pharmacy. Another excellent achievement took place in 2018 when the Head of the Hospital Pharmacy, PharmD. Petr Horák was elected as President of the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists for the period from 2018 to 2021.

The Center consists of these departments:

  • Department of Individual Preparation of Pharmaceuticals
  • Department of Collective Preparation of Pharmaceuticals
  • Department of Central Preparation of Cytostatics
  • Department of Sterile Pharmaceuticals
  • Department of Clinical Pharmacy
  • Distribution of Pharmaceuticals I
  • Distribution of Pharmaceuticals II
  • Quality Control and Laboratory Diagnostics
  • Department of Medical Devices and Complementary Assortments

Who do we take care of?

We take care of the whole inpatient and outpatient population within the University Hospital in Motol. Our pharmacies work 24/7, so patients also come during the night especially from the Emergency Department for Adults and Emergency Department for Children. It is quite common that even patients from different cities use our services during the night in case of need. We also consult and help healthcare professionals across specialties as we do for patients in the adult and also in the children section of our hospital.

Our methods and procedures

We work with negative pressure isolators Envair CDC-E Getinge Group, laminar and biohazard box systems, Unguators, Conductometers, pH meters, and analytic scales Mettler-Toledo and other equipment. Among our newest methods and procedures used are the following ones:

  • Preparation of medicines according to newly introduced treatments (dimethylsulfoxide ointment)
  • Completion of the study of proposed liquid oral formulations of omeprazole
  • Acquisition of new conductive probes and ion-selective electrodes for laboratory drug control
  • Introduction of an acetylcysteine ointment formulation for the treatment of ichthyosis
  • Suggestion and preparation of selected medicines as substitutes of the pharmaceuticals that were temporarily inaccessible on the market, e.g., antibiotic ointments
  • Acquisition and implementation of a SAMIX® U1000 device for the preparation of medicinal products utilizing closed-loop technology, which allows an extension of the recommended shelf life
  • Purchase of new pharmacy scales capable of weighing accurately in the order of one ten-thousandth of a gram
  • A classification balance sheet was prepared according to Regulation No. 1272/2008/ EC for all chemical mixtures for in vitro use supplied to clinical workplaces by the hospital pharmacy

And there’s much more that you can observe!

How does the usual schedule look like?

  • You will have to get up very early as the mentors' itinerary is very busy right from the morning. The Hospital Pharmacy runs 24/7 and therefore you might have to work a number of shifts: morning, afternoon, night or even at the weekend. The hours spent in the hospital will differ daily according to the schedule and length of their shifts and planned tasks. Always ask your mentor when and where you should meet him or her for the following day and you can also ask about their itinerary, so you are well prepared. Bear it in mind that you will spend at least 25 hours in the hospital per week. But the actual number of hours may be higher.

If you are not sure whether this choice is suitable for you, don’t hesitate to contact us. We will discuss your experience and motivation and come up with the best solution for you.

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