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JENNY GILRUTH MSP UNVEILS NEW GLENROTHES ROBOT AT CADHAM PHARMACY

Publised date : 28 Apr 2017

EVENT MARKS RELAUNCH OF PHARMACY AS PRESCRIBING HEALTH FACILITY
 
Mid Fife & Glenrothes MSP Jenny Gilruth has helped to unveil a new robot at a pharmacy in Glenrothes.

The robot, yet to be named, will help improve services at the Cadham Pharmacy in the Cadham Centre by dispensing medicines and allowing the local community to access a wider variety of products and services at a touch of a button.

The award-winning local pharmacy has received £143,000 pilot funding from the Scottish Government’s Prescription for Excellence programme, as well as a significant asset finance facility from Bank of Scotland.

The Mid Fife & Glenrothes MSP has also unveiled a plaque to mark the relaunch of Cadham Pharmacy as a prescribing health facility.

Commenting, Jenny Gilruth MSP said:

“It’s not every day that you get to see a robot in Glenrothes, but this could well be the future of community pharmacies!

“I’ve been thoroughly impressed by Cadham Pharmacy for their award-winning work. It provides an excellent pharmacy service to local people here in Glenrothes and the new services will offer further support to the local community and NHS Fife.

“It’s great to see the Scottish Government’s Prescription for Excellence scheme help a local pharmacy be a pioneer for new technology. I want to offer my sincere congratulations to the team for all of their achievements and I feel privileged to be a guest at today’s event.”
 
Bernadette Brown, Owner and Manager of the Cadham Pharmacy, said:

“We are really proud to be part of the Scottish Government’s pilot scheme for Prescription for Excellence. Time is a precious commodity in any pharmacy, and having a robot on site to help with the dispensing process will free up our staff to spend more time with people who need our help.

“The Cadham Pharmacy will now be a health centre for minor ailments, prescribing for all common clinical conditions. We hope that through face to face triage on site, our service will be able to further support NHS Fife by reducing referrals and treating more patients effectively at our premises.”

“The team at Bank of Scotland believed in our vision and supported us every step of the way and we wouldn’t be where we are today without their knowledge and expertise of the healthcare sector.”

Vivien Bisset, relationship manager for healthcare, Bank of Scotland said: “Cadham Pharmacy is a great example of a forward-thinking business that isn’t afraid to embrace new ways of doing things to improve the service for customers.

“We are committed to helping Scotland prosper by supporting the healthcare sector in developing innovative ways of working. This robot will revolutionise the way the pharmacy is run, allowing pharmacists to spend more time in clinics and consultations while the robot carries out dispensing and customer care duties.”
 
The event will also mark the launch of a competition to name the robot. Children at local schools throughout Glenrothes will be asked to offer their own suggestions on a name for the new robot, with Jenny Gilruth MSP judging the winner on May 31st.

The family-run Cadham Pharmacy has previously won a number of awards, including the Pharmacy Manager of the Year and Pharmacy Practice of the Year 2016 awards at last year’s Scottish Pharmacy Awards. The pharmacy is also listed as a finalist for the 2017 Scottish Pharmacy Awards.

ENDS

NOTES TO EDITORS

For more information, please visit:
http://www.cadhampharmacy.com/
http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Health/Policy/Prescription-for-Excellence

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E-mail: Gavin.Hugh@parliament.scot
Phone: 01592 764815

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