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​Robot arrives in Merton pharmacy to help battle winter illnesses – and it needs a name!

When you visit your pharmacist this winter you may be surprised to find a robot making up your medication as automated dispensing arrives in Merton.

Pharmacist Raj Patel has brought in the groundbreaking robot into the Nelson Pharmacy to make the most of Artificial Intelligence technology to dispense medication. It will allow him to spend more time with patients offering vital health and medication advice.
The robot is the first of its kind in a Merton community pharmacy.
Its ‘Ask Your Pharmacist Week’ starting on 5 November this year and local schoolchildren are being asked to get involved by giving the robot a name and spreading lifesaving health advice to their family and friends.
A competition has been launched in Ask Your Pharmacy week to choose the robot’s name and to design a winning poster which will be displayed alongside the robot.
Pharmacist Raj Patel said: “Our robot is freeing up our time to speak to patients to offer expert clinical advice and we hope this reduces winter pressures on the NHS. We are looking forward to naming the robot with the help of local school children, who will have the opportunity to learn about all the services a local pharmacy can offer. Including health checks, medication reviews and flu vaccinations. Any schools interested in the competition please contact Raj directly on 02085406141.”
Dr Andrew Murray , Merton GP and Clinical Commissioning Group(CCG) Chair said: "People are often surprised at how many services are easily available at their local pharmacy. Lots of pharmacies are open until late and at weekends. You don't need an appointment – you can just walk in and get expert advice on your medicines, conditions and treatments straight away. This week, why not ask your pharmacist for advice about what medicines should be in your cabinet and how to help you and your family get through the winter season.”