Relief Pharmacist displays medication

Robots will not replace Pharmacists - but help cut medication errors.

The trust which runs Colchester’s two hospitals has unveiled plans to buy two robots to help dispense drugs.

One would be based at Colchester General Hospital’s pharmacy. When patients take a prescription to the pharmacy, the robot would scan the code and find the item.

The drug is then sent down a chute to the dispensary, ready to be checked by staff before being given to the patient.

The other robot would work with pharmacy support staff in the storeroom, to sort boxes of drugs for the wards.
Colchester’s hospital trust is currently advertising for a contractor to install and maintain the robots within the next year.
Market prices for such robots typically start at about £150,000.

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