Robo-chemist! New machine will help dispense drugs more efficiently at hospital

The official unveilling of a robotic chemist aid at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. The new machine was opened by  Liz Sutton (Associate Director of Pharmacy Business Support), Neil Dardis (Deputy Chief Executive), Jayne Ballinger (Chief Pharmacist)

The official unveilling of a robotic chemist aid at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. The new machine was opened by Liz Sutton (Associate Director of Pharmacy Business Support), Neil Dardis (Deputy Chief Executive), Jayne Ballinger (Chief Pharmacist)

  • New robot joins two existing machines owned by the trust
  • Bosses say it will revolutionise how drugs are dispensed by the hospital
  • Patients could receive prescriptions quicker as a result
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It’s not quite R2D2 or C3PO, but a new pharmacy robot is set revolutionise how drugs are dispensed at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

The robot is part of a wider project to streamline the pharmacy department’s services and the Bucks Healthcare Trust says it will ultimately improve patient care.

The official unveilling of a robotic chemist aid at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. The new machine was opened by  Liz Sutton (Associate Director of Pharmacy Business Support), Neil Dardis (Deputy Chief Executive), Jayne Ballinger (Chief Pharmacist)

The official unveilling of a robotic chemist aid at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. The new machine was opened by Liz Sutton (Associate Director of Pharmacy Business Support), Neil Dardis (Deputy Chief Executive), Jayne Ballinger (Chief Pharmacist)

Deputy chief executive Neil Dardis officially unveilled the robot this week, and the new machine is now up and running alongside the Trust’s other two robots.

The new addition is designed to store and distribute ward stock medicines, and the Trust says it will improve the delivery of medicines to all wards and departments, giving time back to nursing and ward staff to care for patients.

By maximising on space through a more efficient and accurate storage system, the new robot’s stores will hold 36,000 packs of medicines.

Pharmacy robots use bar-coding technology to manage stock and this allows a large volume of stock to be held in a smaller space as well as picking medicines accurately. This reduces the time spent picking, checking and distributing medicines.

Mr Dardis said: “I am really pleased with the pharmacy’s new robot. Not only will it completely modernise our approach to distributing medicines, it will ultimately create a better and more seamless patient experience. The robot will help ensure that patients receive the right medicine, when and where it is needed. This is all part of our promise to deliver safe and compassionate care to each and every one of our patients.”