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We have a pharmacist on-call after hours, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.



Whanganui Hospital’s Pharmacy is located on the first floor of Whanganui Hospital's main building, opposite the chapel.
Contact us
Phone Whanganui Hospital’s switchboard on 06 348 1234 and ask for Pharmacy.


Please note – we recommend patients read this important information before coming into hospital:


If you know you are coming to hospital please bring your medication with you. This includes inhalers, contraceptives, and any medications purchased from supermarkets or health / herbal shops.

Please also bring along information about any consultation meetings with our medical or surgical staff, and any planned surgical procedures.

It’s important that we know exactly what medication you are taking, how often, and at what dose.
It is also helpful if we know the name of your GP and regular pharmacist. We may need to contact them to let them know of any changes to your medication, or to ask them questions about the medication you are taking. This is handy information to keep in your wallet in case of an emergency.

About our Pharmacy Services


Whanganui Hospital’s Pharmacy provides services to inpatients only.  It supplies medication to all wards and departments within Whanganui Hospital while also providing a clinical pharmacy service (where pharmacists collaborate with physicians and other healthcare professionals to provide patient care that optimises the use of medication and promotes health, wellness, and disease prevention) to all patients, especially those require complicated or multiple medicines. 


What does pharmacy do?

The Pharmacy Services team promotes the correct and appropriate use of medications and helps patients get the most out of their medication treatment by:

  • advising on the most effective treatment, the way it is given, dose, and treatment duration for each patient
  • monitoring for drug interactions and incompatibilities between prescribed medicines
  • therapeutic drug monitoring (overseeing the monitoring of medications given to ensure safety and effectiveness)
  • identifying issues that may affect how well patients take their medication and suggesting ways to help reduce these issues
  • reporting suspected adverse drug reactions
  • advising on how a patient’s medical condition may affect their response to a specific drug therapy.


Clinical pharmacists on the wards

A pharmacist will come to your bedside to:

  • check your medical history
  • monitor and check your prescriptions
  • ensure you have been prescribed the correct medication and dose
  • check any allergies you may have
  • check for any drug interactions
  • liaise with your regular pharmacist to notify them of any changes to your medications.

During this one-on-one consultation the pharmacist will:

  • discuss what medication you are currently taking
  • discuss any unwanted side-effects you may be experiencing
  • discuss any new or changed medications 
  • listen to any concerns you may have about your medications
  • advise how you can get the best out of your medication.

Please note: the pharmacy you choose to get your prescription filled the first time is where you must go to collect your repeats.

How can a patient best manage their medication?


Ask questions – If you are normally given a blue pill in the morning and are instead given a pink pill, ask why. It may be the correct medication but made by a different company and therefore looks different, or your dose may have changed. It’s important we know exactly what medication you are taking, how often, and in what dose.

In addition:


  • it is important to follow instructions
  • notify your GP if you are experiencing any unwanted effects or reactions from your medication
  • return any unwanted medication to your pharmacy for safe disposal.
  • keep all medication out of reach of children.  Ask for a child proof cap for your medication, if you have children in the house.





  • Do not mix tablets from bottles or packets into one container.
  • Do not take your medication out of its original container unless you are using a dispensing box.
  • Do not ever share your medication with friends or family.

Note: If you take a variety of different medications, several times a day, compliance ‘blister packs’ made by the pharmacy may be of help.