Obstetric Medicines Service celebrates 30 years

Obstetric Medicine Service
September 20, 2018

To coincide with National Medication Safety Week, the Obstetric Medicines Information Service at KEMH will celebrate 30 years of providing mothers, families and health professionals information about the safe use of medicines during pregnancy and when breastfeeding.

Throughout the past 30 years, the state-wide telephone service has answered more than 75000 medication questions and was last year recognised as a finalist in the WA Health Awards for their availability to women across Western Australia.

The Medication Safety Line is available on 6458 2723 and provides information to women anywhere across Western Australia between 8.30am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday. Women, unsure of the effects of medication either prescribed or over the counter, can call to receive reassurance from qualified Pharmacists.

Often uncertain about the safety of taking medications during pregnancy and breastfeeding, the line provides an enormously valuable resource for WA Women.
Pharmacy Supervisor, Nabeelah Mukadam said the service was unique in that expert advice is just a phone call away.

“It can often be very overwhelming for our pregnant patients and new mothers to have to take any medications,” she said.

“So having our Obstetric Medicines Information line available to provide expert advice, often confirming what has already recommended, provides real peace of mind.

“I think equally, that for those who don’t need to take prescribed medications but want symptom relief using over the counter medicines like paracetamol, it is really helpful to be able run something by a pharmacist before taking the medication.”

The Pharmacy team have also been active in conducting research to help in providing evidence for the safe use of medicines in breastfeeding.
The Department was recently acknowledged by the Consumer Advisory Committee for their tireless commitment to staff education and transparent consumer focus.