From this page you can find useful information about medicines and how various drugs work including any known possible side effects:


The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) provides national guidance and advice to improve health and social care.

Choice and Medication

A website offering people information about medications used within mental health settings to help people make informed decisions about medication. It also contains information on medication groups, advice on many mental health conditions, tables comparing the main treatments used, and user-friendly guidance on how the drugs are thought to work and on their common side-effects.

The electronic medicines compendium

Run by the pharmaceutical industry website contains information leaflets found in medication packs. It summarises the product and its characteristics produced by the pharmaceutical company. Our pharmacy team, ward and community teams also have a range of printed leaflets about medicines which you can ask for. Please note: We cannot take responsibility for information on any external website.

What to know about medicines

If you need to come in to one of our hospitals for treatment and care, it’s important  you bring with you any prescribed medicines you are currently taking. This is to ensure our staff know exactly what medicines you are taking and it will also help to avoid any delays in you receiving your medicines.

If you have any questions about your medicines, it is usually best to discuss them with the pharmacist who supplied them to you. If you use any of our services, you should initially contact your key-worker/community psychiatric nurse who will be able to help and if needed will put you in touch with one of our pharmacists for further information or advice.

If you or someone you are caring for experiences a side effect to a medicine, you can report it to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) by visiting this website.

Medicines out of hours

If you run out of prescription medicines, you may be able to get an emergency supply without a prescription from a community pharmacist or supermarket pharmacy.
If a pharmacy can’t help, you may be able to get a prescription from a GP out-of-hours service. You can also go to an NHS walk-in centre.
If you are not certain what to do or who to contact, you can telephone the NHS on 111 who will be able to provide further advice.

Our pharmacy services

Pharmacists are trained experts in the use of medicines. They can give advice on the safe use of prescription and over-the-counter medicines. Our pharmacists provide accurate, independent information and education about medicines to staff, service users and carers. They use their specialist knowledge to dispense drugs and advise people about the medication they have been prescribed. They work closely with health care professionals to develop a plan of appropriate medication required. Our dedicated pharmacists also provide support to ensure our resources are used effectively.

Our pharmacy services are provided by pharmacy departments of the local Acute Hospital Trusts (Bradford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Airedale NHS Foundation Trust).

We have an in-house pharmacy with specialist pharmacists based at Lynfield Mount Hospital covering the Bradford area whilst the Keighley area is covered by staff based within Airedale NHS Foundation Trust.

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