What is a Pharmacy Technician?

By Andrea Hartley, CPhT
Pharmacy Technician / Central Supply Manager
The GRAND of Dublin

Pharmacy Technician

Hello, my name is Andrea and I am the pharmacy technician at The Grand.  Most skilled care & rehab facilities do not have a pharmacy technician; most facilities do not see a need for one.  I can tell you that I help many people during their stay here to understand their medication lists and get what they need, both here and when it’s time for discharge.

What to Expect

Pharmacy Technician If you stay with us at The Grand, I will likely visit you twice.  The first time will be a day or two after your admission.  I will come to your room and make sure that we have received all of your medications from our pharmacy, Omnicare.  At The Grand, all of your medications are stored in a locked cabinet in your private room, instead of in a cart with other patient’s medications.  I will also ask if your pain is being managed effectively; I want to make sure your pain medication (if applicable) is being administered when needed and that you know what you are taking and how often you may have it.

My second visit will likely be a day or two before your scheduled discharge. I will have a list of your medications in hand and we will discuss any changes our doctor has made and I will answer any questions you might have.  I will also confirm which prescriptions you need us to provide when you go home.

I also do work behind-the-scenes to make the Grand a better place to stay.  I suggest alternatives to high cost medications to help lower healthcare costs.  I assist the nurses with getting medications from the pharmacy.  I help maintain our emergency medication stock so we will be prepared when you need a medication that hasn’t arrived yet.  You won’t see me doing these things, but your stay will be better because I am here.

Stop in and see me in the pharmacy at The Grand, at the corner of Main Street and the entrance to the White Ash unit.

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