A RECENTLY installed automated dispensing robot in the newly refitted and relaunched Cadham Pharmacy Health Centre is already freeing up pharmacists’ time to focus on delivering enhanced patient care, according to owner Bernadette Brown.
The pharmacy, which was officially opened by local MSP, Jenny Gilruth, is taking part in a Scottish Government funded pilot looking at the use of technology in pharmacies.
Bernadette told Pharmacy in Practice: “I am absolutely delighted to have received this funding from the Scottish Government enabling me to install our new robot. This has been my dream for years and will maximise the time all my pharmacists can spend offering minor illness consultations and chronic medication service reviews.
“I also have two NHS nurses who assist me with clinics. One for respiratory conditions and one for common clinical conditions. I am so proud of how this collaboration is enhancing what we can offer patients from our pharmacy health centre.
“Our enhanced common clinical conditions clinic will hopefully encourage the public to use the pharmacy first. As prescribers we can assess patients, advise and/or treat appropriately, working with local GP practices, referring when necessary for further care. This is intended to improve access to healthcare and could reduce pressures on our GPs, out of hours services and A&E.”
Aileen Bryson, interim Director of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Scotland, said: “We wish Bernadette every success with her re-launch. The new robot is a welcome addition to a team who already work hard with a collaborative and holistic approach to patient care and who are shining examples of how pharmacists can significantly contribute to improving health outcomes in their local population.
“She continually drives practice forward, an example to us all to ‘be the best you can be’ – for your patients on a daily basis.”
A competition is being held to decide the name of the new robot. The lucky winner will be chosen by Jenny Gilruth and receive an Ipad.
Jenny Gilruth MSP
Annamarie McGregor, Royal Pharmaceutical Society Practice Development Lead