In the regional hospital of Concepción, the pharmacists along with technicians and pharmacy students during their final rotation year work to supply nearly 1,000 patient beds with medications, with delivery runs three times daily. Apart from a central pharmacy, an intravenous, operating room, and pediatric service specialty pharmacy are also integral services.
The central pharmacy in the Hospital Las Higueras functions through the work of three pharmacists performing the prescription verification to serve the entire patient population of the hospital. Although the pharmacists admit to resource and infrastructure struggles, they hope to expand the clinical resources on the internal medicine, pediatric, and geriatric specialty service floors.
The central pharmacy in the Hospital Liruqén was one of the most inspirational pharmacy visits in which we participated. The hospital pharmacy staff is composed of recent graduates from the University of Concepción’s Facultad de Farmacia who have developed extensive pharmaceutical care services throughout the newly opened hospital near the town of Tomé.
Although there is a lack of official pharmacy services performed and offered by matriculated pharmacists at certain public health clinics, such as the SECOSF, the aspect of these centers that is to be admired is the extent to which health care services are offered and established in rural areas. Although only a botiquin of medicines is available, patients can be immunized as well as be treated for primary and certain secondary care services, such as gynecological and dental care.