posted 22 March, 2018


Opening times

Trafford General Hospital dispensary:

Monday to Friday
9.00am to 5.00pm

9.00am – 12.00 noon

Bank Holidays

Location and key contact numbers

The pharmacy is based in the red zone near to the Out-patients’ and Urgent Care Centre departments.

For inquiries please contact 0161 746 2522 or see contact numbers below.

What to bring with you (if appropriate)

If you are being admitted to Trafford General Hospital please bring all your medicines (including tablets, capsules, liquids, inhalers, creams, patches etc.) with you in their original containers.

If you are coming to an out-patient appointment, please bring an up to date list of your medicines with you; this should be available from your GP. Also if you have an exemption to prescription charges, including pre-payment certificate, bring evidence of this with you, in case you have to get a prescription dispensed.

Other key team members

Names Telephone
David Milligan
Deputy Director of Pharmacy
(Trafford division)
0161 746 2517
Sally Griffiths
Principle Pharmacist
0161 746 2063
Jame Jones
Chief Pharmacy Technician
0161 746 2033
Anne O’Brien
Aseptic Unit Manager
0161 934 8780
Dispensary Fax Number  0161 746 2519

Useful Links

General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)
Upholding standards and public trust in pharmacy and able to check registrations of pharmacy staff and premises

Patient Information leaflets online
Reliable, approved information leaflets about dispensed medicines

NHS Business Services Authority
Are you entitled to help with health costs?
Advice on exemption certificates
Applying for a prepayment certificate

My Medicine: From laboratory to pharmacy shelf
My Medicine
Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency guide to development of a medicine

Other information

The pharmacy department offers a range of pharmacy services including:

  • Checking drugs prescribed to ensure correct dosage, that they are suitable for the patient’s condition or illness and that prescribed medicines do not adversely affect each other
  • Purchasing all medicines for use within the Trust
  • Medicines supply for all wards, departments and clinics
  • In-patient dispensing, including discharge medication
  • Out-patient dispensing
  • Aseptic pharmaceutical dispensing
  • and dispensing medicines as part of clinical trials.

An automated dispensing system is in place, which helps reduce the risk of dispensing errors.

The department’s clinical pharmacists are also available to give advice:

  • to doctors or nurses about the use of medicines
  • to patients about their drug treatments
  • about the cost-effective use of medicines

Pharmacy department staff also undertake other work:

  • With the Primary Care Trust to agree the common range of medicines to be used by GPs and hospital doctors
  • Ensure the Trust complies with the legislation and standards around the use of medicines
  • Work with the Consultant Microbiologist and his team to ensure the appropriate use of antibiotics to help minimise the risks if healthcare acquired infections.

There are four main categories of staff in the pharmacy, each with their own distinct roles:

  • Pharmacists, who hold a pharmacy degree and often further clinical and/or management qualifications and are required to be registered with the GPhC
  • Pharmacy Technicians, who have an NVQ level 3 or equivalent qualification (or higher) and are registered with the GPhC
  • Pharmacy Assistants, having or studying for NVQ level 2 qualification
  • Administrative and Clerical staff

In addition, the Pharmacy Department provides training for student pharmacy technicians, pre-registration trainee pharmacist and summer placements for pharmacy undergraduates. Pharmacy staff are also involved in providing training for nursing and medical staff, including junior doctors.