Pharmacy celebrates new robot and refurb
A brand new robot is the centre-piece of a £555,000 three-month refurbishment of the Pharmacy department at Worthing Hospital that was recently completed and officially opened last Friday (17 May).
The new medicine-dispensing robot can hold 35,000 stock items and uses barcode laser scanners and hydraulic grabbers to accurately pick up multiple packets of medication ready for the pharmacists to deliver to patients.
To have the opportunity to upgrade the pharmacy robot and to refurbish the main dispensary at Worthing has just been fantastic
The BD Rowa Vmax robot replaces an older unit originally installed in 2008 and brings Worthing Pharmacy up to the same spec as St Richard’s which also uses the same model.
Interim head of Pharmacy, Helena Bird, said: “To have the opportunity to upgrade the pharmacy robot and to refurbish the main dispensary at Worthing has just been fantastic. It is now such a lovely open space to work in and it has made a huge difference to us all.
“The newer robot has much more up-to date software and makes our dispensing process a lot more efficient to allow us to focus our clinical expertise on wards, ensuring good medicine optimisation practice, and supporting the best use of medicines for our patients.”
Every year, the Pharmacy team in Worthing dispense around 295,000 named patient items as well as 200,000 stock items.
During the refurbishment works which took place in the busy winter months, the department worked hard to provide patients and staff with necessary medications and top-ups, despite the disruption of working in temporary accommodation.