The pharmacy at Peter Mac strives to provide high quality and cost effective medication management for patients with cancer and to contribute to research and education in therapeutics and primacy practice.
Inpatients and the ward pharmacist
If being admitted for more than one day, please bring all of your medicines with you. The ward pharmacist will make a note of your medication and ask if you are happy for us to use them during your hospital admission. This will mean we won’t need to change your usual medication brand and they will continue to be familiar to you. The ward pharmacist will ask you a series of questions about your usual medicines, any medicine allergies, or previous problems with medicines. The ward pharmacist will check your medication chart each day and work with your treating team to ensure your medicines are safe to use in combination. Before you go home, the ward pharmacist will make sure you have all the medicines you need and that you understand how and when to take them.
Outpatients and the pharmacy
When attending an outpatient appointment, please ensure you bring a current list of your usual medicines. This includes any medicines that you purchase over the counter at your local pharmacy or supermarket, and any supplements or natural medicines you take.
If you have a repeat prescription, and your medicine is only available at Peter Mac, we can store the prescription on file. You can then telephone or email us a few days in advance, and we will prepare the prescription ready for collection or arrange for it to be posted to you (postal charges apply). Remember to let the pharmacy know if your address or concession status has changed since your last visit.
Tips to help reduce your waiting time
If you are coming to us with a new prescription:
- Always have your hospital URN on hand.
- Leave your prescription with us while you attend other appointments or let us know if you can collect medications the following day or have them posted to you (postal charges apply).
- Ask us whether your medication would be available at a community pharmacy.
Information about your medications
Pharmacists work with you and members of your treating team to make sure the medicines prescribed are the best treatment options for you. Pharmacists are available to discuss medicines with you and to provide advice about the best way to take your medicines. Ask pharmacy staff any questions you may have about your medications. The pharmacy can provide written information about any medicine you have been prescribed.. If you are an inpatient and would like to speak to someone about your medicines, please ask your a member of your treating team to arrange for a pharmacist to speak with you. A summary sheet of medications will be provided to you on discharge from the ward.
During your stay as an inpatient, the pharmacy will supply the medications used during your stay at no cost.
Medicines that are taken home with you will be dispensed by the pharmacy and usually delivered to you in the ward area before you go home. The medicines you take home may incur a patient contribution charge in line with Commonwealth and Victorian government guidelines. To help us determine appropriate charges, you may be asked for your Medicare or other government concession, Veteran or Safety Net cards.
Read about PBS safety net thresholds
8:30 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday
10 am to 12 pm Saturdays
Level 2, reception 2A Pharmacy
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
305 Grattan St
Phone: (03) 8559 5200
Fax : (03) 8559 5209
General email enquires
Email request for repeat prescriptions
(for scripts stored on file, please note a few days’ notice is required)
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
Locked Bag 1,
A’Beckett Street, Victoria 8006
Senthil Lingaratnam - Director of Pharmacy