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A local schoolgirl has won a £100 Amazon voucher for her depiction of the new Dickson Chemist robot dispenser as ‘Buddy Bot. Five other pupils from St Denis’ Primary School, as well as five pupils from Dalmarnock Primary School, Dunn Street, all won runner up prizes of a £10 Amazon voucher.

Holly Smith, who is in Primary 7 at St Denis’ Primary School, Roselea Drive, won the vouchers as part of a competition run by the award-winning, family owned pharmacy group to name the new robotic system.

The Glasgow based company has installed a German-engineered Rowa Vmax robot, an industry leading technology designed to revolutionise the dispensing and storage of medicines.

The system works by high-speed scanning of the barcodes, and directing the prescription to the correct destination. This removes any possibility of human error, and vastly increases the speed at which prescriptions are dispensed, reducing patients’ waiting time.

Nadine Miller, Operations Manager at the Bridgeton Practice, said: “We wanted to get the children involved in naming the robot, to show that robots aren’t scary, and to show them the fun that can be had.

“We’ve been able to cut waiting times by two thirds already with the robot in place, and I believe this system is the future of patient care in the Dickson Chemist family.”

Louise Mackie, Head Teacher at St Denis’ Primary School, said: “All the children got involved with the competition, and loved the idea of a robot filling out their prescriptions. I have a feeling that they’ll be down at the practice to see Buddy Bot in action.”

The new system has been installed as part of a full scale refurbishment of the Bridgeton practice; which included moving the consultancy room, and a total remodel of the counter and frontage, making the practice more open and inviting.

The Dickson Group has already installed robotic technology at its Rutherglen practice. It is also investing heavily in home delivery pharmacy services, in accordance with the direction of travel in the NHS which is encouraging more home-based care across the UK.

The group, which was opened in Tollcross in Glasgow more than 30 years ago, now has five NHS pharmacies and one specialist private pharmacy.

For further information, contact Stephen Dickson, Director, Dickson Chemist, 35 Mitchell Arcade, Rutherglen, Glasgow G73 2LS. T: 0800 027 0671. W: www.dicksonchemist.co.uk

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