BACKGROUND / HISTORY / PROFILE
The Western Visayas Medical Center (WVMC) Pharmacy came into being with the opening of then Iloilo Provincial Hospital (IPH). The first and sole Pharmacist then was Miss Maria Reyes, R.Ph.
Upgrades of IPH in 1974 into a 200-bed capacity came with increase in the number of hospital personnel to 164, including three (3) more pharmacist. The four pharmacists served the hospital in three shifts (7:00am - 3:00pm, 3:00pm - 11:00pm, 11:00pm - 7am) a day, except on Sundays where the duty is only up to 11:00pm.
In 1982, pursuant to Batas Pambansa (BP) Bilang 640, page 315, IPH was upgraded and reclassified into a Regional Hospital, then named as Western Visayas Regional hospital with another increase in plantilia personnnel. On April 27, 1984 through Batas Pambansa Bilang 825, the Western Visayas Regional Hospital became the Western Visayas Medical Center (WVMC). WVMC have had several upgrade in terms of manpower complement which came in tranches from 2014 up to the present including pharmacy personnel.
Further upgrade was facilitated through the approval Republic Act 11496, “an Act increasing the bed capacity of WVMC from 450 beds to 700 beds. This Act likewise increased the number of Pharmacists to serve its patients.
WVMC pharmacy renders clinical pharmacy service where pharmacists collaborate more with other healthcare professionals to ensure better patietn outcomes, in almost all wards of the hospital. There are Pharmacists specifically catering to the needs of the Emergency Department, Operating Room and the Neonatal ICU. The main pharmacy which is located fronting the OPD Department serves other in/out patients.
Several Pharmacists also implement the Antimicrobial Surveillance (AMS) Program mandated by the DOH. Pharmacy implements the Unit Dose Drug Dispensing System and Drug Administration Reconciliation to ensure that drugs are given to the right person at the right time and right dose.
Pharmacy operates daily in three shifts, including holidays.
- To provide continuous supply of safe, quality and cost-effective pharmaceutical products to all patients
- To manage pharmacy operations effectively and efficiently by streamlining processes and implementing operational controls
- To provide patient-centered pharmaceutical care through clinical pharmacy service, drug information, and patient medication counselling
- To enhance professional competence of pharmacists and its support staff through continuous participation and attendance to educational trainings, conferences, and seminars
- To conduct and participate in research, educational programs, and other hospital activities.
- To integrate latest technology developments for enhancement of the pharmacy services
- To actively participate in Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) program of the hospital
- To strengthen the hospital pharmacy internship program by updating and modernizing hospital training modules
Hospital pharmacy shall have the following services:
- Clinical Pharmacy
- Drug Information Service