There are pharmacies based at City Hospital, Sandwell Hospital and the Birmingham & Midland Eye Centre. The pharmacies dispense medicines for:

  • patients admitted to hospital,
  • patients who attend our Day Case Units,
  • patients admitted to our other facilities including Rowley Regis Hospital and Leasowes Intermediate Care Facility
  • out-patients who attend our outpatient clinics.

The hospital pharmacies are only able to dispense Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust prescriptions (these hospital prescriptions cannot be dispensed in Community Pharmacies). Similarly prescriptions that are dispensed in Community Pharmacies cannot be dispensed in hospital pharmacies.

[FP10 prescriptions are dispensed by Community Pharmacies. FP10 prescriptions are the prescriptions usually issued by your GP. Some patients may be given a FP10 prescription when they attend an out- patient clinic at the hospital and these should be taken to a Community Pharmacy].

Our Hospital Pharmacies DO NOT sell over the counter medicines or other items.

The hospital pharmacies are open Monday to Friday and provide a full range of services.

At weekends and Bank Holidays the Pharmacy Service is reduced. The Pharmacy Service at these times is provided by a small team and deals with urgent prescriptions / requests and newly admitted patients.

The opening times of our Pharmacies are below:

Pharmacy site Monday to Friday Saturday Sunday Bank Holidays
Sandwell Hospital 9am-5pm 10am-3pm 10am-3pm 10am-1pm
Closed Christmas Day
City Hospital 9am-5pm 10am-3pm 10am-3pm 10am-1pm
Closed Christmas Day
Birmingham and Midland Eye Centre 9am-1pm and 2pm-4.45pm  Closed Closed Closed


For more information about disabled access for this service, please click here.

The drugs contained in the formulary of Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals Trust are listed below.

NICE considers that the benefits of a local formulary include

  • improving patient outcomes by optimising the use of medicines;
  • supporting the inclusion of patient factors in decision-making about medicines;
  • improving local care pathways;
  • improving collaboration between clinicians and commissioners;
  • improving quality by reducing inappropriate variations in clinical care;
  • improving quality through access to cost-effective medicines;
  • supporting the supply arrangements of medicines across a local health economy;
  • supporting financial management and expenditure on medicines across health communities;
  • supporting prescribers to follow guidance published by professional regulatory bodies in relation to medicines and prescribing.

Drugs marked “On Formulary” are available for general use and may be prescribed by any prescriber in the Trust

Drugs marked as “Restricted” are available for use in restricted circumstances; they may be restricted to certain specialties, or for treating certain diseases, or for use when first-line treatment has not worked. Where clinically appropriate, prescribing of restricted drugs may be passed to primary care on the advice of a specialist.

Drugs marked “NICE-approved” are approved by NICE in a technology appraisal are available for use in the Trust.

All other drugs are available on Consultant request provided the request is authorized by a medical director or an officer of the Drug and Therapeutics committee.

Below is the link to the current Patient Formulary:

Patient Formulary