Pharmacy

Vision: Exemplary pharmacy care for all patients

Mission: We provide comprehensive, seamless, and patient-centered care to improve the quality and safety of the medication therapy for all patients we serve. We achieve this through collaboration, education, leadership, and innovation.

Unity Health’s inpatient pharmacies provide care to patients who have been admitted to the hospital, while the outpatient pharmacies serve our ambulatory clinic patients, staff and people in the community.

Goals of the pharmacy department are to:

  • Provide leadership for a medication system which is safe, reliable, innovative, cost-effective and efficient
  • Provide direct care to patients to ensure they receive optimal pharmacotherapy to achieve their treatment outcomes
  • Provide current, objective drug information and education to patients and staff
  • Serve as an exemplary site for for pharmacy and other health disciplines students as well as staff and physicians
  • Conduct, collaborate in and support medication-related research
  • Pursue continuous quality improvement

Outpatient pharmacies

Unity Health outpatient pharmacies are open to patients, visitors, staff and family members, and the general public. Our mission is to provide quality pharmacy services in a friendly and professional manner, with your health and safety as our highest priority. Our experienced pharmacy teams work with patients, their physicians and many other allied health professionals to deliver caring and compassionate medication management.

Our products and services:

  • Specialized services and medication counseling for many areas including Ophthalmology, Asthma, Cystic Fibrosis, Diabetes, HIV/AIDS, organ transplant, oncology, Tuberculosis and heart and vascular conditions
  • Specialty products such as compounded eye drops, injections, respiratory aids, blood pressure and glucose monitoring devices and natural products (selection may vary by site)
  • MedsCheck medication reviews and other consult services
  • Compliance packaging for patients with complex drug therapy needs or for patients and caregivers to help organize and remember to take their medications
  • Assistive devices and other supportive aids including cold therapy devices
  • On-site custom fittings for compression stockings and other compression garments
  • Participation in many patient financial support programs providing assistance to patients requiring high cost specialty medications
  • Breast pumps available for rental (St. Joseph’s) or purchase (St. Joseph’s and St. Michael’s)

Additional benefits:

  • Free home delivery within Ontario
  • Seniors pay just $2.83 per prescription after meeting $100 annual deductible
  • Accept most direct pay prescription drug plans including Ontario Drug Benefits, Trillium Drug Plan and Interim Federal Health
  • For Unity Health staff and physicians:
  • $1.99 dispensing fee difference is waived for all eligible Unity Health plan employees
  • Staff discounts available on eligible non-prescription products and devices
  • Refill ordering available by phone, email and our new PharmaConnect web/phone app

Pharmacy at St. Joseph's Health Centre

Ground Floor East Wing, Room GE158
30 The Queensway
416-530-6555
Fax: 416-530-6522
prescription.sjhc@unityhealth.to

Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed weekends and holidays

Please note: The pharmacy waiting area is currently closed for repairs. To refill orders, please call 416-530-6555 or email prescription.sjhc@unityhealth.to. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Pharmacy at St. Michael's Hospital

Prescription Care Centre
Ground Floor Donnelly Wing, Room B1-034
30 Bond St.
416-864-5110
Fax: 416-864-1962
prescription@smh.ca
 
Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed weekends and holidays

Complete information about residencies is available through the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists.

There are many reasons to do your residency at St. Michael’s Hospital. We offer:

  • More than 50 years of experience providing education.
  • Excellent teaching hospital environment.
  • A supportive patient care environment.
  • A wide variety of elective rotations.
  • Strong links with the University of Toronto.

Pharmacy Practice Residency

St. Michael’s general pharmacy residency program is a 12-month accredited program designed to prepare candidates for hospital practice and leadership. The emphasis is on developing competency in the provision of pharmaceutical care at both the patient and system levels, as well as in teaching, leadership, research and project management. The resident will have opportunities to develop knowledge and skills in cutting-edge medication delivery and safety, pharmacy clinical informatics and interprofessional education. St. Michael’s teaching environment includes diverse patient populations, numerous advanced practice preceptors and electronic charting (for orders and documentation), and it provides multiple opportunities for interaction and collaboration with undergraduate and post-graduate students in pharmacy and other health disciplines. Structured evaluations are completed throughout the residency utilizing a competency-based framework. A certificate in Hospital Pharmacy Residency will be granted upon successful completion of the program.

Rotations include:

  • Foundations I (integrated exposure to medication systems, drug information, critical appraisal, evidence based medicine)
  • Foundations II (clinical direct patient care)
  • Direct patient care – Clinical rotations (one rotation in a surgical unit, plus two or three additional rotations selected from the following areas: general internal medicine, cardiology, respirology, critical care, infectious diseases, hematology/oncology, HIV or ambulatory care)
  • Administration/practice leadership
  • Research project
  • Teaching

Applicants must have a degree in pharmacy from an accredited Canadian or American school of pharmacy. Residents are selected via the CPRB residency matching service.

Applications and further information are available through the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists.

Please find attached an overview of St. Michael’s Hospital and the pharmacy department, as well as more detailed information on the Pharmacy Practice Residency program:

Critical Care/Cardiology Advanced Practice Residency

This 12-month program prepares graduates for successful careers as independent practitioners in critical care and cardiology practice. The program emphasizes learning and applying advanced therapeutic knowledge in the areas of critical care and cardiology. Rotations include MSICU, CVICU, infectious diseases and CCU.

Applicants must hold a PharmD or an M.Sc.Phm. degree from a faculty of pharmacy in which the curriculum meets the standards established by the AFPC or ACPE. Individuals with equivalent practice experience will also be considered. Completion of a pharmacy practice residency is preferred.

To find out more about the critical care/cardiology advanced practice residency, e-mail residency coordinator Heather Kertland at Heather.Kertland@unityhealth.to.

Pharmacy at Providence Healthcare

Providence Pharmacy
2nd Floor Providence Hospital
3276 St. Clair Ave E.
416-285-3805
Fax: 416-285-3806
prescription.phc@unityhealth.to

Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Weekends, closed until further notice.

Last updated September 17, 2021