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New pharmacy with hi-tech robot opens at Guy’s Hospital

A state-of-the-art robot is helping patients at Guy’s Hospital get their medicines quicker.

The dispensing robot was installed as part of an extensive transformation of the LloydsPharmacy to maximise efficiency and space.

The robot is capable of storing and dispensing large quantities of medicine, which has reduced processing time.

Relocated into the main hospital building, the pharmacy is more than double the size of the previous facility and is closer to the outpatient clinics.

Patients were involved in the redesign, which led to the installation of information screens in the nearby Toms hospital café.

The screens alert patients when their prescriptions are ready, reducing the need for them to wait in the department.

Sir Hugh Taylor, Chairman for Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and Toby Anderson, Chief Executive for McKesson UK, which includes LloydsPharmacy, officially opened the new facility with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Sir Hugh Taylor said: “The new pharmacy provides a bigger and better environment for patients and allows staff to deal with the 18,000 prescriptions they dispense each month more efficiently.

“It was very important that our patients were involved in the design of the new pharmacy to ensure the new space fully meets their needs and we are providing them with the best possible service.

“The new design and dispensing robot has significantly reduced the time our patients have to wait for their medication and has resulted in less queues and congestion. The feedback from staff and patients has been extremely positive.”

Read the full story at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust