Go-ahead given for robot medicines dispenser at pharmacy

Phil Jopson
Phil Jopson

A robotic dispenser is set to be installed in Brampton’s pharmacy.

Plans for alterations to Jobson’s Pharmacy, in Front Street, have been approved meaning the project can get underway.

Owner Phil Jobson said the improvements, costing a six-figure sum, were crucial and he was thrilled to be given the go-ahead.

He has been granted planning permission and listed building consent to redevelop the ground floor to make way for the automated dispenser.

The investment will help improve efficiency.

It will relieve staff who are now delivering more face-to-face services to patients, with their skills geared towards the likes of health checks, stop smoking advice and flu jabs.

Since Mr Jobson bought the chemist in 2004 the number of items prescribed has soared by 275 per cent.

Mr Jobson researched the technology and visited a number of sites around the country using different robots.

Not only does the robot allow staff to spend more time with patients, it is also a great space saver in terms of the way it stores medicines.

It can dispense the required medication in a matter of seconds.

The approved plans also include a new entrance to the back of the main dispensary and the change of use of the first floor and reinstatement of a second floor to provide two flats.

An external staircase to the flat and a veranda are also included.

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