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Participant, Use Patient’s Own Medications While in Hospital Focus Group

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Open to Interior Region, Patient partners in the Interior Health area

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Medications are an important part of the recovery process for hospital patients. Sometimes the hospital does not have certain medications, therefore a family member is required to bring them in for their loved ones. This working group will be looking for feedback from patient partners to make the process as easy as possible.

Open to: Patient partners in the Interior Health area

Lead Organization or Department

Interior Health - Pharmacy Department


To incorporate feedback from patient partners into the Interior Health policy on the safe use of patient’s own medications while in hospital.

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of consult on the spectrum of engagement. The promise to you is that the health care partner will listen to and acknowledge your ideas and concerns, and provide feedback on how your input affected the decision.


  • Patient partners that have some familiarity with taking medications or helping someone with their medications
  • Knowledge of what it means to get a prescription from a doctor, filling it at a community drug store and getting refills when the prescription runs out
  • The health care partner is hoping to engage patient partners from both large urban and rural communities across the Interior region


  • Vacancies: 2-3
  • Location, Date, Time and Frequency: One-time event. The teleconference will be held on May 22, from 1:00-2:00 pm


There are no expenses associated with this opportunity as it will be held by teleconference with a toll-free number. It is recommended that anyone using a cell phone check there coverage as it may use up your plan's minutes.


Accreditation Canada has standards regarding the safe use of all medications in the hospital setting, inclusive of patient's own medications. Family members are often called upon to retrieve a supply of certain medications either from their loved one’s home supply or pick up a new prescription from a community drug store. After their family member is discharged, any unused medications will need to be returned to them before they leave the hospital. We are asking for opinions from patient partners in how to make this process easy for a family member that will also work within the more complicated medication delivery system used in our hospitals. The development of this policy has been initiated due to a requirement from Accreditation Canada. Interior Health will be having on site visits in September, therefore the policy has to be approved and implemented by that time. Ensuring that we meet our approval timelines and have sufficient time to educate staff and implement prior to September is paramount. We have provided the whole policy, however there are specific sections where we are most interested in the patient partners feedback: 1.0 Purpose 2.0 Background 4.1 Criteria for Use 4.4 Self-administering Against Advice of Most Responsible Practitioner (MRP) 4.5 Storage Requirements for POM 4.9 Unclaimed POMs 5.1 (b) 5.2 (f)(g)(h)(i) 5.3 (b) Appendix A 2(e) Appendix C Appendix D Terms of Reference.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Carol Stathers
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Okanagan, Interior Region

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Nancy J. Wood

Patient Partner, Sidney

Nancy J. Wood

I was thrilled to discover the Patient Voices Network, where the array of places to be the voice of a patient is vast and incredibly interesting. Besides my ongoing “gig” with the BC Emergency Medicine Network, I have enjoyed being involved in several one-off initiatives. I love working with professionals who genuinely value the perspectives of their patient partners.