Pharmacy Department - All Sites

Pharmacy provides a comprehensive range of services to ensure that medicines are used in a safe, effective and appropriate way.

The pharmacy staff are closely involved in all stages of medicines use from the cost-effective purchase of medicines to taking patient’s medication histories, dispensing and checking prescriptions through to assessing the outcomes of medicines in the clinical setting.

This is to ensure that the right medicine is used at the right time for the right condition.

Lindsay Harper - NCA Group Director of Pharmacy
E-mail :
Tel: 0161 206 5219
PA: Gill Crawshaw. Tel: 0161 206 1050

  Fairfield General Hospital   Royal Oldham Rochdale Infirmary Salford Royal
Key Contacts Chris Poole   Mark Livingstone Chris Poole Gavin Leahy 
Head of Pharmacy    Head of Pharmacy Head of Pharmacy  Operational Lead Pharmacist 
Diane Elford    Lisa Turner Diane Elford  Elizabeth Lamerton
Lead Clinical Pharmacist    Lead Clinical Pharmacist  Lead Clinical Pharmacist  Associate director of Pharmacy
Lynne Taylor    Joanne Appleton  Lynne Taylor  Ann Stewart 
Chief Pharmacy Technician   Chief Pharmacy Technician  Chief Pharmacy Technician Chief Pharmacy Technician
Contact Details Dispensary   Dispensary Dispensary Dispensary
0161 778 3558   0161 627 8961 01706 517 308 0161 206 5369
    Lloyds Outpatients   Lloyds Outpatients
    0161 622 0962   0161 206 1388
Opening times Mon- Fri – 8am-6pm   Mon-Fri – 8am-6pm Mon- Fri – 9am-5pm Mon-Fri – 9am- 8pm
Sat-Sun – 8am-4pm   Sat- 9am-12pm Sat-Sun – Closed Sat- Sun- 9am-8pm
    Sun- (Discharge service) 11am – 2pm    
        Lloyds outpatients Pharmacy
    Lloyds outpatients Pharmacy   Mon-Fri- 8am-6pm
    Mon-Fri- 8.30am-6pm   Sat- 9am-12pm
    Sat-Sun- Closed   Sun- Closed
Location Blue Block (Near the chapel / prayer room)   Ground Floor (Near main entrance) Level C (Next to outpatient receptions) Ground floor Irving Building
  Hope Building
Nearest Entrance Entrance 5   Main Entrance Quarry Street Entrance Main Entrance
Nearest Patient parking Car Park 4   Car Park 1 Car Park 4 Central Car Park

Services Offered

A range of different services are offered across the hospitals and pharmacy departments within the trust, including:

The pharmacy staff across the NCA work to ensure that all patients receive timely, safe and accurate medication whilst being cared for across our hospitals.

Pharmacy staff are present to support you in your medication needs from when you arrive via our A&E departments or elective pathways to when you are discharged home.

From taking your medication history, to ensuring all the medications prescribed for you during your admission are safe and effective, pharmacy staff are an integral part of the clinical team looking after you.

Our daycase units at Salford and Rochdale provide treatments and investigations for patients under the care of multiple specialities including rheumatology, haematology, gastroenterology and endocrinology.

The pharmacy team provide timely supply of planned medications such as biologics, iron infusions and chemotherapy, and any supportive medicine for the patient to take home. We also work with the clinical teams to manage these patients on complex medicines as part of the MDT. This allows us to provide an effective service to patients with rapid turnaround times.

Each of the trusts hospital sites offers outpatient dispensing of hospital prescriptions. At Royal Oldham and Salford Royal, we are partnered by Lloyds Pharmacy which provides our outpatient dispensing services.

Medicine Information support for Healthcare Professionals

The Medicines Information team at the Northern Care Alliance provides a full range of advice relating to medicines, to healthcare professionals. Using an extensive range of sources, specially trained pharmacists answer medicine queries on a range of areas

The service is available 9am-5pm Monday – Friday and can be accessed via phone or email:

Royal Oldham Hospital, Fairfield General Hospital and Rochdale Infirmary:  0161 627 8968

Salford Royal Hospital: 0161 206 5223

Email: - Royal Oldham, Fairfield General and Rochdale Infirmary

Email: – Salford Royal

Medicine Information Helpline for Patients

We also provide a Medicines Information helpline service which is offered to  patients discharged from Fairfield General Hospital, Rochdale Infirmary and Royal Oldham Hospital, and patients who have received care from these hospital steis.

Our helpline service operates from 9am-5pm Monday – Friday and is available via telephone on 0161 627 8968.

For any other enquiries about medicines, please contact your GP or local pharmacy. If you have an urgent enquiry, please call 111.

You can also find general information about your medicines by visiting freely accessible websites such as:

Medicines A-Z -

Patient UK -


The Aseptics Services Units at Salford Royal and Royal Oldham Hospitals prepare injectable medicines for use in the Trust for named patients.  Products made include cytotoxic chemotherapy, antibiotics, clinical trials and parenteral nutrition (intravenous feeding) for adults and babies. 

The products are made in controlled cleanrooms and all staff undergo specialised training to be able to work in Aseptics Services.  All products are made to national quality standards through manufacturing practice guidelines.  The units are inspected regularly by NHS Quality Assurance North West.  The unit at Salford Royal also has a Manufacturing Specials (MS) Licence from the MHRA which allows for batch manufacture and supply to departments including Critical Care and Accident and Emergency to enable quick access to some critical medications.  The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) inspects the site regularly to ensure compliance with the terms of the MS Licence.

Key Contacts Aseptics

Royal Oldham Hospital

Salford Royal

Aseptic Unit Oldham

0161 627 8961

Aseptic Unit SRFT

0161 206 5227

Jonathon Davies

Aseptic Service Manager Oldham

Charlotte Ollerenshaw-Ward

Aseptic Service Manager SRFT

Rachel O’Leary
Head of Production Oldham

Claire Edgar

Deputy Aseptic Service Manager SRFT


Fiona Carter and Michelle Hitchen

Head of Production SRFT

The Pharmacy homecare teams across the NCA help deliver a range of medications directly to the comfort of the patient’s home. By working closely with the clinical teams and external providers, the teams can ensure the patients receive exceptional treatment without needing to attend the trusts hospital sites.

The pharmacy clinical trials team work together with trust colleagues and external sponsors to support a range of commercial and non-commercial studies involving investigational medicinal products. These trials are evaluating innovative new treatments across a broad range of diseases and give our patients both the chance to be a part of the development of such treatments and the opportunity to potentially benefit from access to these novel medicines.

We are responsible for the management and dispensing of the investigational products, ensuring good clinical practice is followed to protect the safety of the patients and the integrity of the trials.

The NCA Pharmacy Team have a number of Pharmacists and  Pharmacy Technicians  working within community services across all the NCA Care Organisations. The Pharmacy Teams work within the community, intermediate care homes, care homes and in the Salford GP practices. The Community Teams work closely with the hospital teams and a number rotate between the hospital and the community gaining experience in both sectors. The Community Pharmacy staff support patients in their homes and in the care homes to take medicines safely, ensuring they are on the correct medicines. This is vitally important when patients are discharged from hospital as often patient may not be prescribed all the correct medicines in the Community.

Across the NCA there are several cross sector Foundation Pharmacists and Student Pharmacy Technicians working between the hospital and GP Practice which prepares the students for their career when qualified and allows them to make informed decisions about their future.

Pennine Acute Trust Formulary -

Salford Royal/GMMMG Joint Formulary -

Greater Manchester Medicines Management Group -

British National Formulary -

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