Robotic pharmacy could improve access to medicine in rural areas
The £150,000 pharmacy is being tested in the village of Inverallochy in Aberdeenshire.
A robotic pharmacy which could change the way Scots living in rural communities get access to medicine is being trialled.
The £150,000 pharmacy is being tested in the village of Inverallochy in Aberdeenshire, as part of a research project led by the University of Aberdeen.
Customers can drop off prescriptions and use a webcam speak to a pharmacist, who can give advice and dispense medicine.
Professor Christine Bond, chair of general practice at the university, said: “The role of the pharmacist and the services they provide has expanded greatly in recent years and in rural areas where it is not financially viable to have a pharmacy, the community are disadvantaged.
“People in rural areas are faced with having to travel further to access a pharmacist and as such there is the risk they may be more likely just to buy medicine without taking advice from a pharmacist."
The kiosk in Inverallochy is linked to a “hub” pharmacy in Fraserburgh, although researchers say the hub could be anywhere in the country.
A more basic robotic pharmacy trialled at Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert in 2010 saved the hospital around £700,000 in a year.
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