The Pharmacy Department buys, stores and supplies all drugs and medicines used within the hospital and provides information on them. Our pharmacists also advise on the safe and effective use of these drugs and medicines.  

The main services we provide are detailed below.

  • Dispensary

We ensure that medicines are bought, stored and supplied promptly, safely and cost effectively. The dispensary service also manufactures certain products, for example creams and mouthwashes, when formulations aren’t available commercially.

  • Clinical pharmacy 

Pharmacists work on the wards to monitor the drug treatments that patients receive. The aim of this service is to maximise the therapeutic benefits of drugs given to individual patients while minimising the associated risks. Clinical pharmacists provide key information on drugs to the medical, nursing and other staff, as well as to patients.

  • Aseptic compounding

We prepare sterile products in a specially controlled and monitored environment. This service plays an important role in the delivery of cancer chemotherapy.  We are also involved in cancer clinical trials.

  • Medicines information 

We promote the safe, effective and economical use of medicines by providing up-to-date, accurate and comprehensive information and advice to healthcare professionals within the hospital. The service provides information on drug dosage and administration, adverse effects and drug interactions.

  • Infectious diseases service 

We deliver inpatient and outpatient clinical pharmacy services for patients with HIV and hepatitis C. We work as part of a multidisciplinary team. This involves educating and advising patients and healthcare professionals about new and existing antiretroviral therapies, drug interactions, management of drug toxicities and adherence issues. Antiretroviral medications and selected hepatitis C medicines are dispensed to outpatients from the onsite satellite pharmacy. We are also involved in infectious diseases clinical trials.

  • Antimicrobial service

We promote the appropriate use of antimicrobials, such as antibiotics, throughout the hospital and work to ensure that they are prescribed safely and cost-effectively.

  • Heart lung transplant and pulmonary hypertension service 

Transplant patients are often on complex medication regimes and we work to promote safe, rational and economical prescribing. This helps ensure patients stick to their regimes, which maximises their quality of life before and after transplant surgery. 

  • Drug safety service

Medication management and patient safety are very important to the Mater Hospital. A drug safety facilitator, in conjunction with the drug safety committee, works in the interests of patients to promote safe medication practices. Hospital staff voluntarily report medication incidents and near misses on a medication variance form in a “no-blame” culture. This allows us to detect and correct any errors in the medication-use system.


We provide teaching and tutoring to undergraduate pharmacy students from Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, as well as to undergraduate pharmacy work experience students, overseas pre-registration students, pharmacy technician students and medical students. We also offer in-house educational programmes for nursing staff and provide tutoring, lecturing and clinical training for postgraduate courses.  

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