With its newly installed medicines dispensing robot, funded by the Scottish Government, Cadham Pharmacy will re-launch as the Cadham Pharmacy Health Centre today. The robot has helped in freeing up pharmacists’ time to focus on delivering enhanced patient care, supporting the public and the patients coming into the Pharmacy Health Centre.
Local MSP, Jenny Gilruth SNP, will officially open the centre on Friday 28 April at 1pm where visitors and guests can see the fully refurbished health centre and the robot in action.
Pharmacist and owner of Cadham Pharmacy Health Centre, Bernadette Brown, said: “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.
“I also wanted to ensure that the public has an insight into what the robot does behind the scenes and I am so pleased with our little window into it, which enables visitors to see what he is up to! Like our other robot ‘Mac’ he will be given a name at our opening and I look forward to announcing who the winner of the naming competition is.”
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.”