Wednesday, July 27, 2005

We are only two!

Chania is a city with a population of 55000 residents in the island of Crete, in the South of Greece.
Our hospital is the only general hospital in a county with a population of 150,000. It's a brand new hospital started its operation the year 2000. It has 460 beds and it replaced an old one that had 330 beds. The hospital has 750 employees. The Pharmacy department has two pharmacists, six technicians, two workers and two administrative employees.

In our hospital we serve also, except the inpatients, the indigent patients insured by the Social Care. Social Care indigent patients receive medical care only from the physicians of our hospital. They also receive pharmaceutical care and obtain their prescribed drugs, free of charge only from the Pharmacy Department of the Chania General Hospital.

We serve also three Health Centers of the county, the prisoners of the local Prison and all the patients of the county receiving the nosocomial drugs as cytostatics.
From our department we dispense also laboratory diagnostics reagents and medical devices.
Our day began usually at 07:00 pm and usually we stop working at 14:30. We remain on duty, from 14:30 until next morning, each hospital pharmacist for 10 days each month.

By the way, the salary for a hospital pharmacist with 22 years of working is 1850€ -600€ taxes= 1250€ per month. The salary for 10 days on duty per month is about 1450€ - 330€ taxes=1120€, so the total net amount of the salary for a pharmacist working for 22 years is 2370€ per month.