Pharmacies offer quality and convenience

By Nikki Giaquinto

Supporting our efforts to continuously improve the patient experience, the UF Health Shands Pharmacy Services department manages four full-service outpatient pharmacies conveniently located around Gainesville.

UF Health Pharmacy – Shands Hospital
Hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays and holidays

This pharmacy is located in the hallway just west of the UF Health Shands Hospital (north campus) Atrium and has extended hours of operation. The Meds to Beds program for the north campus is also housed here, designed to help make the discharge process easier for patients. The pharmacy team stationed here delivers discharge medications to patients’ rooms before they leave the hospital.

UF Health Pharmacy – Shands Cancer Hospital
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday

This south campus pharmacy is conveniently located in the lobby, next to The Gift Stop, for easy access on the south campus and from the 1329 Building. The Meds to Beds program for the south campus is housed in this pharmacy.

UF Health Pharmacy – Medical Plaza
Hours: 8:30 to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday

This is our largest pharmacy and the major dispensary for specialty medications. It also houses our free mail-order service for GatorCare patient prescriptions. Employees can schedule an appointment here with Joy Wright, Pharm.D., BCPS, UF Health Shands Hospital clinical pharmacy specialist, for drug consults.

UF Health Pharmacy – Ayers
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday

This pharmacy features convenient off-campus access with free parking and offers free delivery to any off-campus UF or UF Health Shands building, like Springhill, every Tuesday and Thursday.

“The employees at each pharmacy aim to provide the best possible service to patients and customers, said Bill Harbilas, Pharm.D., UF Health Shands Hospital ambulatory pharmacy services assistant director. “Staff members participate in all hospital quality, safety and customer service initiatives and are continuously being evaluated for quality care and patient service.”

To learn more on the Bridge, search “pharmacy.”