Hospital pharmacists are responsible for all medicines used in a hospital.

As experts in medicines, hospital pharmacists:

  • purchase and dispense prescribed medicines
  • provide widespread advice about the selection and administration of medicines
  • provide advice about medicine doses and the most appropriate form (such as a tablet, ointment or inhaler)
  • calculate doses of complex therapies such as antimicrobial and cytotoxic agents
  • participate in ward rounds – taking patient drug histories and helping determine treatment
  • reconcile medicines on admission, and sometimes, discharge from hospital
  • work with medical staff to address any problems patients may have taking their medicines
  • ensure medicines are stored appropriately and securely
  • stay up to date with, and contribute to, research and development
  • write guidelines for drug use and implement safe and legal practices
  • supervise and teach.


Location and contact details

Nelson Hospital pharmacy
Phone: (03) 546 1989


Wairau Hospital pharmacy
Phone: (03) 520 9918