West Chester Hospital now offers an outpatient pharmacy – a full-service retail store offering prescription, generic and over-the-counter medications. A licensed pharmacist is on duty at all times to answer customers’ questions, along with friendly and knowledgeable staff members who make customer-service and convenience their top priority.
An easy ordering system allows doctors to call or fax in a prescription ahead of time, allowing the pharmacist to prepare the prescription before the customer’s arrival and shortening customer wait times. The pharmacy is conveniently located in the UC Health Physicians Office South building attached to the hospital, making it easy for patients, visitors and staff members to pick up their prescriptions on their way out of the hospital. Close parking to the new pharmacy and valet service at the hospital’s main entrance are available.
Customers who order their prescriptions through the hospital pharmacy benefit from the knowledge that a licensed pharmacist is available at all times to answer medication-related questions and to help customers understand any side-effects or drug-interactions that might occur. The pharmacist also oversees all prescription fillings in order to ensure the highest standard of quality and safety.
Additional services are available through the pharmacy, including pharmacotherapy and anticoagulation management. Through the pharmacotherapy program, pharmacists work with patients and their doctors to achieve the best outcomes with the patient’s drug therapy regimen. Every patient receives an individualized plan with a complete review of medications and drug interactions, as well as diet and lifestyle counseling.
The anticoagulation management program provides experts who work one-on-one with patients taking blood thinners. Anticoagulation is the process of reducing and preventing blood clots through the use of blood thinners or injectable drugs.
West Chester Hospital’s Pharmacotherapy Service helps patients achieve the best outcomes with their drug therapy regimen. Our skilled and compassionate pharmacists will work with you and your physician to ensure that your drug therapy plan is optimal for you. Through individualized and thorough education, we will provide a complete review of medications and drug interactions, as well as diet and lifestyle counseling.
We will help you:
- Better understand your disease and drug therapy plan
- Prevent adverse reactions
- Take your medications as directed
- Identify new, cost-effective drug therapy plans
- Improve your health and quality of life
Our areas of expertise include:
- Anticoagulation management
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Heart Failure
- High cholesterol
- Thyroid problems
- Smoking cessation
Your physician may refer you to our service for various reasons, including:
Drug therapy monitoring– we will work with you to ensure safe and effective use of your medicines.
Individualized drug therapy counseling– we will teach you about all of your medicines and help you develop a strategy for remembering when and how to take your medicines properly.
Disease state management– we will collaborate with your doctor to get your high blood pressure, diabetes, heart failure, asthma, lung problems, high cholesterol or other conditions under control.
Most patients are eligible for this service, but a physician referral is required. Tell your physician you are interested in Pharmacotherapy Services at West Chester Hospital. Most insurance plans will cover our services, but a copay may be required.
Anticoagulation Management Service
West Chester Hospital’s Anticoagulation Management Service offers experts who work with patients taking blood thinners. Anticoagulation is the process of reducing and preventing blood clots through the use of blood thinners such as warfarin (Coumadin®), or dabigatran (Pradaxa®), or injectable drugs such as enoxaprin (Lovenox®) or dalteparin (Fragmin®).
Patients may be prescribed one of these medications for many reasons, such as:
- Preventing stroke in patients with irregular heartbeat
- After heart valve replacement
- Treatment or prevention of major blood clots such as:
- Deep vein thrombosis – a clot in the deep vein, such as the leg
- Pulmonary embolism – a clot in the lungs
In addition to in-depth counseling, our anticoagulation management service canprovide fingerstick blood samples with immediate results and can make timely adjustments to of drug therapy plans, if needed.