Year 2019

Model of Good Care Workshop: Outpatient Pharmacy

posted Aug 26, 2019, 1:08 AM by Muhammad Fikree Ahmad   [ updated Aug 26, 2019, 1:21 AM ]

Saturday, 24th August 2019

Outpatient Pharmacy has organised Model of Good Care for Dispensing Workshop last Saturday on 24th August, from 8.00 am to 4.00 pm at Sekapur Sirih Hall, Trauma and Emergency Complex, UMMC. This year MOGC workshop featured the first join collaboration between Pharmacy Department, UMMC and Malaysia Federation of the Deaf (MFD) in an effort towards achieving better and more excellent outpatient services to deaf patients and clients through provision of the sign language basic to Pharmacy Department staffs.

The first part of the 8-hour workshop focused on the introduction of sign language by Mr. Mohamad Sazali Shaari as he brought the participants into the brief history of the sign language, issues, and related activities organised by MFD. Then, the participants were exposed and trained with simple practices of sign language related to pharmacy settings by Miss Nor Saadah Zulkifli. In this slot, participants got to learn on few simple yet highly useful signs such as prescription, pharmacy, common ailments (cold, fever, pain, etc.) and even chronic illnesses (hypertension, diabetes mellitus, asthma, etc.). Both of these two speakers had been succesfully assisted by an intepreter, Miss Wan Zuraidah Abu. Later, the workshop proceeded with various topics related to outpatient pharmacy services delivered by OP pharmacists such as chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD), community mental health visit by Psychological Medicine Pharmacy team, heart failure and polypharmacy in geriatric population.

UMMC Living Library 2019

posted Aug 5, 2019, 9:39 PM by Muhammad Fikree Ahmad   [ updated Aug 5, 2019, 9:40 PM ]

Saturday, 27th July 2019

On last Saturday 27th July 2019, Pharmacy Department has organized UMMC Living Library 2019 program at Conference Room 3, 13th floor, Menara Selatan. The aim of this program is to improve the understanding and empathy among UMMC staff, especially those from clinical support and non-clinical departments. Most ‘books’ in the living library are patients and carers, whilst the ‘readers’ are staff. Among the titles that are available this year are: 28 hari di NICU, My son and his brain tumor, DMD terbang tanpa sayap and Who am I? I’m Ironman – journey of orthopedic patient.

Model of Good Care Workshop: Inpatient Pharmacy

posted Apr 22, 2019, 8:39 PM by Muhammad Fikree Ahmad   [ updated Apr 30, 2019, 12:59 AM ]

Saturday, 20th April 2019
8.30am to 1.00pm


Inpatient Pharmacy Section has organised their Model of Good Care Workshop at the Auditorium, Floor 13, Menara Selatan.

The main focus of this year MOGC: IP is the supply of medications per the implementation of electronic prescribing module in iPesakit. The topics highlighted in this workshop include:
  1. screening of electronic prescriptions
  2. issuing product labels
  3. duration and quantity of supply of medications
  4. final checking of medications
  5. new standard operating procedure (SOP) for packing of syrup and extemporaneous preparations
  6. imprest system for ward stock supply through iKewangan
  7. supply of dangerous drugs and psychotropic medications through iKewangan
All participants were required to do a pre-workshop and post-workshop test to gauge the effectiveness of the workshop.

Visit from Widya Mandala Catholic University, Surabaya, Indonesia

posted Feb 26, 2019, 9:47 PM by Muhammad Fikree Ahmad   [ updated Feb 26, 2019, 9:48 PM ]


UMMC Pharmacy recently welcomed 23 Year 3 pharmacy students from Faculty of Pharmacy, Widya Mandala Catholic University, Surabaya for a half-day visit. The main purpose of the educational trip was to expose the students to various hospital pharmacy services. The visit mainly consists of a series of briefing by representatives from the various pharmacy sections. We hope that the students have immensely benefited from the visit and wish them all the best in their bachelor's degree endeavours.


Interview with BFM 89.9 on Painkillers

posted Feb 20, 2019, 5:38 PM by Muhammad Fikree Ahmad   [ updated Feb 20, 2019, 7:12 PM ]

Earlier on 7 February, one of our pharmacists, Wong Yin Yen, had been invited for an interview session at BFM 89.9 for BFM's Health and Living segment on the topic of painkillers. Together with Dr. Mary Cardosa, a pain specialist, the discussion has deeply focused on the use of painkillers and the long term effects associated with the class of drug towards physical and psychological well being. The full-length interview of the podcast can be streamed and downloaded HERE.

Pharmacy Orientation No. 1/2019

posted Feb 10, 2019, 5:18 PM by Muhammad Fikree Ahmad   [ updated Feb 10, 2019, 5:20 PM ]

This is the continuation for the first pharmacy orientation of this year whereby it was mainly for the new provisional-registered pharmacists (PRPs) and the pharmacy diploma students from Geomatika University College and Pusrawi International College of Medical Sciences (PICOMS) who had just reported for duty in January.

The four-days orientation which was held from 28 to 31 January, aimed to provide ideas and overviews of the services provided by UMMC Pharmacy Department. Representatives from each section had briefed the participants along with providing quick assessment and instilling take home message for better working and practice in each section.

Hopefully the orientation has sufficiently provided the participants with the principles and groundwork of pharmacy practice and motivated them for continuous learning process along their day-to-day tasks in UMMC Pharmacy Department.




Pharmacy Department Quality Improvement Project Workshop 2019

posted Jan 28, 2019, 1:22 AM by Muhammad Fikree Ahmad   [ updated Jan 28, 2019, 7:06 PM ]

Pharmacy Department has successfully organised Quality Improvement Project Workshop last Saturday, 26 January 2019 from 8.00 am to 4.00 pm at Conference Room 1, 13th Floor, Menara Selatan. The participants for the workshop had been divided into four groups and four facilitators had also been assigned to each group to assist them in planning out their project.

As the quality improvement is being defined as a systematic approach to the analysis of practice performance and efforts to improve performance, the participants were briefed on the sequential steps towards implementing quality improvement by dedicated speakers. All groups which had been divided in accordance to sections were asked to identify the problem within the section and synthesis a strategic framework to improve the performance by conducting a project.

Three main objectives of this workshop:
  1. To introduce quality improvement flow, i.e. identify problem, root cause analysis (RCA), methodology, strategy for change/intervention.
  2. To familiarise with basic quality tool, e.g. Ishikawa diagram, bubble chart.
  3. To encourage strategic teamwork approach.
All groups had managed to present their project proposal although they were relatively given such a short time to brainstorm and gather many ideas. A hearty congratulations to Group 'LOGIC' for winning as the first place in the proposal presentation. In essence, the knowledge gained throughout the workshop is the most valuable and hopefully this workshop has become an eminent stepping stone for instilling continuous quality improvement of the services and sections in UMMC Pharmacy Department.


Congratulations to Group 'LOGIC' for their winning in the QI project proposal!

Community Mental Health Service (CMHS) Visit

posted Jan 22, 2019, 7:56 PM by Muhammad Fikree Ahmad   [ updated Jan 22, 2019, 8:18 PM ]

Psychological Medicine Pharmacy is now collaborating with Community Mental Health Service (CMHS) Unit by Department of Psychological Medicine in conducting the community regular home visits for psychiatric patients with special needs, e.g. patients with poor insights of medications, patients facing logistic issues, patients with poor family/social supports or patients with compliance issues (Lawatan Berkala oleh Pegawai Farmasi ke Rumah-Rumah Pesakit Psikiatri Tegar di Bawah Program Perkhidmatan Komuniti dan Kesihatan Mental).

Together with the team of the CMHS which also consists of medical doctors and staff nurses, the main objectives of this programme are to serve the unmet needs of people with mental disorders, enhance their quality of life, and create networks that guarantee the delivery of care within the community.

This collaboration has opened more access to pharmacists for carrying out the pivotal roles such as:
  • providing direct patient care, including treatment assessment and medication management activities
  • monitoring for potential adverse drug reactions and interactions
  • educating patients and families on psychiatric medications as well as psychiatric disorders and other related conditions
  • working collaboratively with inter-professional teams to optimise drug therapy
Every week on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, one pharmacist from Psychological Medicine Pharmacy will join the home visits and record all the assessment and interventions done throughout the visits. 

Pharmacy Orientation No. 1/2019 - Antimicrobial Stewardship Briefing

posted Jan 16, 2019, 11:39 PM by Muhammad Fikree Ahmad   [ updated Jan 17, 2019, 12:47 AM ]

Pharmacy Department is organising the first pharmacy orientation programme of the year which caters for the new provisionally-registered pharmacists (PRPs) and including the pharmacy diploma students from Geomatika University College and Pusrawi International College of Medical Sciences (PICOMS) as part of their learning.

The programme encompasses of four days in total and as for today, the briefing for antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) has been delivered with the purpose of providing the PRPs with the sound basis of the AMS principle for their Antibiotic Screening rotation. Topics discussed include pivotal interventions for dosing adjustment of antimicrobials, patients monitoring, and restriction/indications pertaining supply of several antimicrobials in UMMC.

The other sessions shall take place on 28-30 January and 13 February 2019.


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