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Salford PillTime Goes Live

PATIENTS have started to benefit this week from the launch of a new hi-tech initiative to improve the way we dispense medication.

PillTime, which uses robot technology to ensure patients receive the right medicine on time, every time, successfully went live on Tuesday (November 20).

Initially, it is being trialled among our intermediate care patients at the Pendleton Suite to assist our nursing colleagues with their medicines administration.

The project will be fully evaluated over the coming weeks but early feedback from frontline nurses on the Suite revealed it was saving them up to 30 minutes on a typical medication round.

The next stage of the pilot project, scheduled for early in the New Year, will see the PillTime technology extend to benefit those patients discharged to Heartly Green and The Limes.

Installed into our Pharmacy department, the robotic dispensing machines use image recognition technology to collate patient medication in individual, sealed pouches – with 100% accuracy.

To eliminate confusion, each pouch is clearly labelled with the dose as well as the day, date and time it has to be taken.

Key benefits for our patients and our Trust include improvements to dispensing accuracy; fewer medication errors, and greater adherence to a prescription.

Another aim for PillTime is to reduce our Pharmacy team’s workload sorting medication, freeing up staff to help with patient outcomes.

Longer-term, it will have the added advantages of helping us achieve faster discharges and improve patient flow, as well as reduce the number of drug-related readmissions. It will also cut down on medicines waste.

PillTime is the latest innovation to go live as part of our programme of more than 50 world-class projects being brought to life by our Global Digital Exemplar and Future Digital teams.

* The before (above right) and after (above left) photos here highlight the time-saving benefits to nurses of the medication rounds made simpler and easier thanks to PillTime’s dispensing technology.

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