Slade Pharmacy wins contract to provide pharmacy services for UnitingCare Queensland hospitals

Icon Writers / 18 Oct, 2023

After a rigorous tender process, Slade Pharmacy, supported by Icon Group, has been awarded the contract for the provision of comprehensive pharmacy services for UnitingCare Queensland (UCQ) hospitals.

The awarding of this five-year contract recognises Slade’s strong commitment to patient care, innovation, and a proven track record of delivering quality, best practice digital and clinical pharmacy services.

The brand and current incumbent of UCQ’s pharmacy services is Epic, which, like Slade Pharmacy, is also supported by Icon Group’s experienced pharmacy services team.

The transition of service to Slade Pharmacy will see Icon Group continue to support the management of these pharmacies underpinned by the same team, systems and processes. This means a seamless transition for hospital staff, doctors and patients.

The service will transition to Slade Pharmacy on 1 December for The Wesley Hospital, Buderim Private Hospital, St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital and St Stephen’s Hospital in Hervey Bay.

Excellence in patient care and innovation

Our pharmacy team has been providing services to the hospitals since 2017, and over the past five years the team has delivered exceptional pharmacy services for the UCQ campuses.

Icon Group Global Director, Pharmacy and Compounding, David Slade says the awarding of this contract reflects the exceptional patient care that this team has and will continue to deliver under the Slade Pharmacy brand.

“With nearly 60 years’ experience in medicine management and hospital and oncology pharmacy, Slade provides an exceptional service to all our hospital partners to ensure best practice medicines management for the patients in our care,” said David.

“The awarding of this contract is testament to the hard work and expertise of our UCQ pharmacy teams currently operating under the Epic brand, as well as Slade’s proven capability as a trusted healthcare partner who delivers high quality, innovative pharmacy services.”

Future healthcare

UnitingCare Health’s Group Executive Michael Krieg was pleased by Slade Pharmacy’s submission, supported by Icon Group, highlighting strong innovations in healthcare.

“One of the standouts for our team was Slade Pharmacy’s commitment to innovation, with proposed digital and eHealth solutions that will enable greater collaboration, efficiency, and, most importantly, enhance safety and patient care,” said Michael.

One of several innovations is ChartFlow mobile, an advanced online medication ordering tool that enables nursing teams to send medication orders directly from a patient’s bedside to the hospital pharmacy, displaying the progress of medication dispensing on a nurse dashboard in real time.

“It’s these digital solutions, coupled with the Slade’s proven knowledge of hospital services that ultimately made them our preferred provider. UCQ are proud to partner with Slade Pharmacy and Icon Group, to ensure best practice pharmacy services for the wellbeing of our patients.”

Icon Group CEO, Mark Middleton says the contract win demonstrates excellence in the teams’ abilities to partner and deliver comprehensive integrated services.

“This is an exciting announcement for our pharmacy division, who will continue to deliver services for UCQ under the Slade Pharmacy brand,” said Mark.

“Icon’s relationship with UCQ is a great example of what strong partnerships can achieve. We’ve been providing day oncology services at UCQ’s Wesley Hospital campus for 35 years. We’re excited to continue delivering pharmacy management services to UCQ under the Slade Pharmacy brand, supporting their deep commitment to best-practice healthcare and patient experience.”

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