Lakeridge Health’s Oshawa Hospital is celebrating the unveiling of a new state-of-the-art inpatient pharmacy thanks to $1 million from the Auxiliary of Lakeridge Health Oshawa. Staff and patients rely on regional pharmacy experts to compound, fill and distribute three prescriptions a minute across Lakeridge Health. The Auxiliary of Lakeridge Health Oshawa has donated over $10 million to Oshawa Hospital to date.
The renovated pharmacy has been in the works since 2014, and pharmacy staff are expected to move into the new work space this month. Wilson Kwong, Director of Pharmacy has assisted with the renovation project from the beginning. “Unveiling the new space is extremely exciting for my team,” Kwong says. “Having access to not only a larger space to work but to new equipment will help us do our jobs better and safer.”
“It is wonderful to see the vision of the new inpatient regional pharmacy become a reality,” said Sharon Cochran, Chair, Board of Trustees, Lakeridge Health. “The updated design and equipment will promote the highest medication safety and quality standards and will support our team to provide the best care and experience for patients. On behalf of the entire hospital, I want to thank the Auxiliary for their dedication and generosity to people living and working in Durham Region.”
Helen Gulka, President of the Auxiliary of LHO said this was an important priority for all Auxiliary members. “The inpatient pharmacy isn’t a well known area to the public,” Gulka explained. “But our members know the important role it plays for the entire Hospital. This is a big day for staff and we are thrilled to be a part of it too.”