- Phone: 207-564-4283
- Fax: 207-564-4311
- Department Leader:
- 897 West Main Street
- Dover-Foxcroft , ME 04426
The hospital pharmacy department is responsible for providing essential pharmaceuticals to all inpatient and outpatient departments at Mayo Regional Hospital. It does not provide direct pharmacy services to the public (ie, filling prescriptions). The pharmacy is staffed by a full-time pharmacist, Gerry Menard, PharmD, as well as two full-time and one per diem pharmacy technicians.
The pharmacy is responsible for purchasing medications and maintaining safe and secure storage areas throughout the organization. Sterile preparations including injections, IV solutions, chemotherapy, and ophthalmic preparations are compounded utilizing a biological safety cabinet, and a sterile isolator to ensure sterility and safety.
Clinical services consist of review of all medication orders for interactions, allergies, duplications, and appropriate doses. Pharmacists, both on site and from remote contracted service, provide this service 24 hours per day and 7 days per week in an effort to provide safe and effective drug therapy to our patients. Pharmacists consult with other health care providers regarding pharmacokinetic dosing, renal dose adjustments, and medication reconciliation. Drug information is provided to health professionals and the public utilizing a number of different print and electronic sources.
Medication safety is a key element of pharmacy services. Technology such as automated dispensing machines, electronic medication records, and bedside bar code scanning, are utilized to minimize the chance of adverse reactions and errors. The pharmacist participates on a number of multidisciplinary committees devoted to reviewing medication use with the goal of providing safe, effective drug therapy.
The hospital has six automated medication dispensing machines located in the larger departments, all linked with the electronic medication record system. This allows nursing to sign into a med-station, pick their patient with identifying account number and select from a list of medications that have been specifically ordered for that patient and reviewed by a pharmacist. All medications are bar-coded and scanned at the patient's bedside, along with the patient's ID bracelet, before the patient receives a medication. The system alerts pharmacy and nursing to any patient allergies or interactions prior to any medications being given.
The pharmacy serves inpatients in the Medical/Surgical, Intensive Care and Obstetrics nursing units, Emergency Department patients, surgery patients, and Emergency Medical Services (ambulance) patients. More than 145,000 medication orders, with 366,148 doses of medication were given last year.
The pharmacy services nine Mayo Practice Associates physician offices in Dover-Foxcroft, Dexter, Guilford, Milo and Corinna. It also supplies medications to hospital outpatient departments such as cardiopulmonary, diabetes & nutrition, Heartwise, oncology, radiology, rehabilitation services and WorkWISE, and to the student health center at Foxcroft Academy.