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CSS News: The MDU automated pharmacy robot has a new name!

We are very excited to be partnering with Omnicell to upgrade our pharmacy automated dispensing system (robot) at RLH.  The new robot is now live in the medicine distribution unit at RLH. The robot will be assembling ward stock medication for the RLH and SBH sites.  It will be one of two robots in the UK with cutting edge assembly line production technology which will enhance the efficiency, speed and accuracy of ward stock medication production.

The robot is a two-system robot with a combined length of 20 metres, storage capacity of approximately 66,000 packs and with four picking heads responsible for loading over 800 packs per hour and simultaneously dispensing medicine packs at a speed of four seconds per item. This is more than double the capacity of the current robot.

The system is fully integrated with the pharmacy’s stock management system JAC offering a seamless process. To further enhance workflow efficiencies, the installation includes a roller conveyor with barcode technology which will identify a ward box, dispense all required medicine packs and then roll the box to a final assembly point whilst continuing the assembly of other ward boxes.

Crucially, it will release clinical resource for the Trust resulting in efficiencies for the NHS. Through increased automation, the hospital’s pharmacy team are able to spend more time on the wards helping inpatients and clinical staff and reduce the waiting time for medicines when patients are being discharged. Patient safety is key; the new robot is able to dispense with over 99% accuracy resulting in the right drug for the right patient at the right time.

Thank you to everyone who contributed name suggestions for our new robot in MDU at RLH.

The panel have decided on a top 5 (a very tough decision!).

The newest member of team is to be called RoBart.

A huge thank you to all the staff who came up with naming suggestions, and all of you who voted, we had a great response.

Congratulations to Sarfaraz Ameen who originally suggested the name, who wins a John Lewis voucher.

We will have an official opening once the next stage of the project has been completed.

You are all welcome to come and visit our RoBart!


Ramona Alexandrescu

Business manager, Clinical Support Services


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