NSFT Dispensary at Rivers Hospital
The Pharmacy provides a centralised service for packaging and supplying medication to Trust locations and patients throughout Norfolk and Suffolk. It has been relocated a number of times in recent years. The design of the new facility has been carefully thought through to coordinate with future site plans. The continuing operation and logistics of the move were all part of a huge effort by NSFT dispensary staff, programming and estates teams and all the building contractors involved.
Psychiatric drugs/medication in a mental health hospital environment, for some service users, can be an important treatment on the pathway to recovery. The stigma around medication can also be uncomfortable and distressing for families and friends. With its rising ‘aspirational’ wild flower roof that will change with the seasons, the dispensary for the NSFT at Hellesdon, is now given the opportunity to play an active role in the hospital (and wider community) setting, in its new permanent location.