Pill dis­pensers for kids’ hos­pi­tal THE ESSEN­TIALS

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

NEW tech­nolo­gies have started ar­riv­ing at Princess Mar­garet Hos­pi­tal in an­tic­i­pa­tion of the $1.2 bil­lion Perth Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal (PCH) com­ple­tion next year.

Since the au­to­mated dis­pens­ing ma­chines ar­rived last month, hos­pi­tal staff have been fa­mil­iaris­ing them­selves by open­ing the draw­ers and dis­pens­ing mint lol­lies in­stead of real med­i­ca­tion.

Chief phar­ma­cist Chris Hopps said 66 au­to­mated dis­pens­ing ma­chines would be used in PCH clin­i­cal ar­eas and phar­macy.

“We will also be get­ting unit dose robots called Pil­lPicks (ours will be the first of its kind in Aus­tralia), whole pack robots and robots phys­i­cally built into the build­ing,” Mr Hopps said.

“This is one step on the road to­wards what we call closed loop dis­pens­ing, which is the goal as far as med­i­ca­tion safety goes.”

Clin­i­cal nurse con­sul­tant Cathy Dun­stan said the ma­chines would im­prove safety and ef­fi­ciency for the pa­tient.

“At the mo­ment we have all our med­i­ca­tions in a drawer, so we won’t be wast­ing time search­ing,” Ms Dun­stan said.

“A lot of med­i­ca­tions have sim­i­lar names or look very sim­i­lar when they’re next to each other.”

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Act­ing clin­i­cal nurse man­ager Stephanie Broad, Chris Hopps and Cathy Dun­stan.

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