NMCH’s Head of Pharmacy Miss Isabella Mputhi holds a Bachelor of Pharmacy from Wits, a National Diploma in Administrative Management (Financial) from UNISA, and a Diploma in Business Management. She also boasts having successfully managed seven hospital pharmacies in her 19 years of experience in pharmacy management. Passionate and dedicated to her job, Isabella believes that integrity and loyalty goes a long way, as does being respectful and loving people. To commemorate Pharmacy Month, we spoke to her about heading up the pharmacy at the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital and how she plans on celebrating the month with her team.
Q: Please give us a brief description of your role and what it entails.
My role as the Head of Pharmacy is to ensure that the pharmacy is functional and that quality health care is provided to our patients. I provide leadership and take responsibility for the overall management of pharmaceutical services within the hospital and in the community, including keeping strict levels of quality and standards, and managing budgets.
Q: How many people are you leading in your role at the hospital?
A team of 8 people.
Q: What are the various professions involved in the Pharmaceutical industry?
- Institutional Pharmacy (Hospital)
- Community Pharmacy (Retail)
- Wholesale Pharmacy
- Manufacturing Pharmacy
- Academic Pharmacy
Q: What are the unique pharmaceutical facilities available at the hospital?
There are two unique pharmaceutical facilities available at the hospital. Firstly, the Aseptic Dispensing Services where sterile or aseptic dispensing services are carried out in a cabinet with a HEPA filter which is situated in a room with clean air environment. Secondly, the Pneumatic Tube System, which assists in delivering pharmaceuticals fast to the wards. This is a critical part of quality patient care.
Q: What have you enjoyed most about working at the hospital?
What I have enjoyed the most was establishing the pharmacy from scratch. Part of this was ensuring that the pharmacy is compliant with SAPC, registering the pharmacy with the Board of Healthcare Funders, and opening credit accounts with suppliers in or order for us to procure pharmaceuticals. Overall, I have also really enjoyed the teamwork within the hospital.
Q: How will you and the team commemorate Pharmacy Month?
This year, to commemorate Pharmacy Month, the NMCH will celebrate and share knowledge about pharmacy as a profession with colleagues, students, and consumers. The pharmacy staff will recite the pharmacy oath, give gifts to patients, and host a number of staff talks. The hospital will also host scholars for educational talks and tours.