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BHB seeks retail pharmacy operator for new acute care wing

A vendor is being sought to operate a retail pharmacy in the new acute care wing of the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital.

The retail pharmacy will be for outpatients and the community, with Bermuda Hospitals Board's Pharmacy Department continuing to provide all pharmacy support for in-patients and other clinical services, such as oncology, said a spokeswoman.

BHB has issued a request for proposal for the pharmacy venture.

BHB currently runs an outpatient pharmacy but describes it as a “non-core business”, which uses limited resources that could be used to improve the quality of inpatient services.

There will be no redundancies, as the two pharmacist positions that cover the outpatient pharmacy will be redeployed to inpatient duties to strengthen pharmacy support to patients, doctors and nurses on the wards.

Chief operating officer Scott Pearman, said: “The additional space in the new acute care wing suits the operation of a traditional retail pharmacy.

“This will improve the outpatient pharmacy service when we move in 2014, as our current service at KEMH is very limited in space and in opening hours.

“BHB is not in a position to make the additional capital or personnel investment to run this improved service, but there are pharmacy businesses in the community who can do so.

“BHB will work closely with the successful vendor to ensure certain special drugs remain available for people entitled to Government drug subsidy programmes, based on the same pricing model as is currently offered by BHB.

“Additionally, while vendors will be encouraged to be creative on what can be offered, certain items may be subject to non-compete agreements with our long-standing partners, the Hospitals Auxiliary of Bermuda, who will continue to run the gift shop and Pink Café.

“We look forward to working with the successful bidder and also being able to focus our resources on ensuring quality care for all in-patients.”

The official tender document can be obtained today (Tuesday, October 29) by e-mailing anthony.hunter@bhb.bm. Completed proposals must be submitted by close of business on Monday, November 25.

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Published October 29, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated October 28, 2013 at 11:56 pm)

BHB seeks retail pharmacy operator for new acute care wing

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