Sally Tomlin, Chief Pharmacist said: "We've now got the latest robotic technology which will help reduce the waiting time for medicine that is dispensed to outpatients with hospital prescriptions. The two robots are linked to a computer and these do the manual work, automatically loading shelves overnight, picking out medicines and sending by conveyer belt to our staff to label. This provides greater accuracy and gives our staff more time to check prescriptions and medicines."
Mrs Tomlin added: "With the redesign and refurbishment of the waiting area, people who pick up medicines directly from the Pharmacy will now have more space in a bright and clutter-free environment with comfortable seating and easier access for wheelchair users. Improvements to the waiting area also include a new plasma screen that will give people information about the Pharmacy and health related issues, as well as more general information about the hospital."
The Pharmacy stocks over 7,000 different types of medicine at Salisbury District Hospital and over 228,000 are dispensed to outpatients, wards, clinics and community hospitals a year. Around 60% of the items stocked will go through the new robotic system.
Mrs Tomlin said: "It's essential that we have good clinical checking processes in place to make sure that patients receive the medication that is right for them as well as having an efficient system for dispensing medicines. The new technology will help with this, improving the service we give to our patients and staff." Ends
Notes to Editors:
The media are invited to attend the official opening of the Pharmacy at Salisbury District Hospital on Wednesday, 18 June. If you would like to attend and receive further details please contact Patrick Butler (Details below).
This is one of a number of achievements that will mark the 60th anniversary of the NHS, which takes place this year.
For further information please contact:
Patrick Butler, Public Relations Manager, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust. SP2 8BJ. Tel: 01722 425170.