Pictured at Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore were (L to R): Dr John Doherty, Gerontology, Ciarán Muldowney, Chief II Pharmacist, Medication Safety, Emma Fogarty, Clinical Nurse Manager 3 Emergency Department, Catriona McDonald General Manager, Amy Mathews, Patient Advocacy Liaison Officer, Tina Connaughton, Quality Risk and Patient Safety Department, Agnes Gowing, Clinical Nurse Manager 2 Outpatients Department, and Clare Conway Quality Risk and Patient Safety Manager.

Tullamore Hospital runs medication safety campaign for World Patient Safety Day

Staff at Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore (MRHT) have been raising awareness about medication safety to mark World Patient Safety Day, which takes place on Sunday, September 17.

The theme of this year’s World Patient Safety Day is 'Engaging patients for patient safety'.

This initiative being promoted by the hospital encourages patients in Offaly to play a more active role in their own care by asking their pharmacist, doctor or nurse if they have any questions about their medications.

The 'Know, Check, Ask' medication safety campaign encourages patients to download a 'My Medicines' list.

This form can then be filled out so that patients have their personal medicine list to hand, to aid in communication at hospital appointments and admissions.

"Medication safety is one of the priority programmes within Tullamore Hospital and demonstrates our commitment to implementing best practices and quality improvement initiatives that provide for a supportive environment for safe, high-quality care," said Catriona McDonald, General Manager of the hospital.

"This joint initiative has come about through collaboration between our MRHT Quality Risk and Patient Safety team, Pharmacy Department, Patient Service and the Emergency and Outpatients Departments. I would like to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of our colleagues to ensuring its success.”