The unit provides ready to administer chemotherapy treatments and other lifesaving injectable medicines such as intravenous nutrition, intravenous antibiotics and cutting-edge medicines for clinical trials.
We developed a brand new unit based at Lincoln Science and Technology Park in 2022. Our new unit will allow us to increase physical production capacity which will enable the Trust’s pharmacy team to support more patients and teams by creating a range of vital life-saving products that can then be transported across the county to where they are needed most.
You can view a video on our pharmacy aseptic unit here: Lincoln Science and Innovation Park – Aseptic Unit – YouTube
What are aseptic services?
NHS Pharmacy aseptic services in England provide sterile controlled environments for the preparation of injectable medicines into ready-to-administer (RtA) formats for patients. Although not highly visible to patients, £3.84 billion is spent on injectable medicines across the NHS in England each year. Services are subject to high levels of regulatory control and quality assurance. Products include chemotherapy, injectable nutrition and clinical trials for new medicines.
This has the potential to release nursing time for care, improve patient safety and support more patient care closer to home. Pharmacy aseptic services are an essential cornerstone of many critical NHS services. They make the chemotherapy that treats cancer patients, the intravenous feed that keeps very sick children and those with intestinal failure alive and the innovative medicines that target complex diseases.
These services also provide the foundation for much of the NHS contribution to clinical trials supporting advances in medicines and contributing to the UK economy.