What do I need to know about medicines?

If you are staying in hospital as an inpatient, please bring any medicines you are currently taking with you when you come to the hospital. If your own medicines are suitable and your hospital doctor wants you to continue taking them, you may use them while you are in hospital.

Cancer related pain

At the integrated pain clinic patient’s cancer‑related pain can be assessed and treated throughout their journey. The pain team will be able to adjust pain killing drugs and doses and manage side effects according to individual patient needs.

The pain team is experienced at treating all types of pain associated with cancer, including the following:

  • Pain after chemotherapy, radiotherapy or surgery
  • Nerve‑related pain
  • Pain associated with advanced disease
  • Intractable pain

By working with oncologists, surgeons, palliative care and GPs, as well as physiotherapists and psychologists, the integrated pain clinic at The Royal Marsden offers a comprehensive approach to the treatment of cancer‑related pain.

Continuing your prescriptions after your stay

When you leave hospital, the pharmacy will supply you with any medicines you need to continue your cancer treatment. Your GP/family doctor should continue to supply you with medicines for any other conditions. Please be sure to contact your GP in advance to avoid running out. Please note that any ongoing chemotherapy and medicines related to your cancer treatment will be provided by the pharmacy at The Royal Marsden.

Disposal of unused medicines

Please return any unused medicines that are no longer needed to the pharmacy at your next visit so they can be disposed of safely.

The pharmacy

The pharmacy provides and supervises the use of all medicines prescribed in the hospital. It also reviews each prescription regularly to ensure medicines are being used in the best way for patients.

If you have any questions about the service, please ask the dedicated private care pharmacist.

Pharmacy opening hours

Monday to Friday: 9am to 6.30pm

Saturday: 9am to 1pm


If you have any questions about medicines, please phone the medicines helpline on 020 8770 3821.The service is available 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm Monday to Friday. You can leave a message outside of these hours. You can email the service at medicines.information@rmh.nhs.uk