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Awards reflect high calibre of pharmacy services at Waikato DHB

Waikato Hospital intern pharmacists Corbin O'Neill and Rebecca Lovelock win awards

Photo: Waikato Hospital intern pharmacists Corbin O’Neill and Rebecca Lovelock, best poster winners at the recent conference.

Waikato DHB’s Pharmacy Service won the award for the best intern pharmacist poster at the recent annual NZ Hospital Pharmacist Association conference, plus the award for the best poster in the clinical research category.

Intern pharmacists Rebecca Lovelock and Corbin O’Neill carried on a long tradition of the Pharmacy team winning conference awards, says district pharmacy service manager Jan Goddard.

“Our service has won the Best Poster – Intern Pharmacist award five times in the last six years as well as winning either a poster or paper award (or both) and the overall paper or poster award at nearly every conference for the last twelve years, which is extremely impressive and a good reflection of the calibre of pharmacy service at Waikato.

“We are very proud of the achievements of our intern pharmacists.”

This year, intern pharmacist Rebecca Lovelock took out the Best Poster Intern Pharmacist award for her poster titled “Highs and Lows of Insulin Knowledge”, which described an audit the she had undertaken looking at multidisciplinary knowledge of insulin prescribing/administration and what happened to this knowledge after an educational intervention had been provided. This activity was chosen as it ties in well to the national medication safety campaign on improving prescribing and administration of high risk medicines. View the poster here

Waikato also won the award for Best Poster – Clinical Research. This poster (submitted by intern pharmacist Corbin O’Neill) summarised the work that has been done with a collaborative team approach – looking at the accuracy of prescribing post-surgery (compared to what was obtained undertaking a medicines reconciliation process). This was an interesting piece of work that involved a multidisciplinary team (pharmacists and doctors) following patients booked in for elective surgery and assessing how well their medicines were prescribed after they reached the ward. Dr Tim Starkie and Jan Goddard provided oversight to the work. View the poster here

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