A free standing prescription collection point has been installed on the Royal Bolton Hospital site, giving patients 24-hour access to collect their outpatient prescriptions at a time that suits them.
The new unit is located on the grassed area opposite the hospital’s Eye Unit, adjacent to A&E, for ease of access.
This safe, secure and fast way of collecting medication will not replace the pharmacy service within the hospital, but provide an additional outlet for patients to access their medication without entering the hospital, when it’s most convenient.
Once registered, patients will get an instant notification via text when their prescription is ready – receiving a unique pin which can be shared with others to collect on their behalf if they wish.
Steve Simpson, Chief Pharmacist at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust said:
When we saw this technology at another hospital, we knew this was a system that could help us improve our services to patients.
“Not only does it reduce the time taken for someone to come into the hospital and collect, avoiding queues at peak times, but they can also come at any time of day or night, 365 days a year.
“This is one in a series of developments to improve our services to patients, and we’re really looking forward to it being actively used by our patients on a daily basis.