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Hornsby’s pharmacy goes robotic

The new robotic dispensing arm was on show as the Health Minister Brad Hazzard and Member for Hornsby Matt Kean toured the new department.

The pharmacy department boasts a ROWA dispensing system, which can automatically stocktake, fulfil bulk dispensing and ensure stock rotation to reduce wastage.

The impressive machine allows for pharmacists to spend more time conducting research, projects and be present on wards speaking with patients and family about medications.

Mr Hazzard also visited the newly opened intensive care unit (ICU) which is now double the size of its previous department in the original hospital’s Florence Nightingale wing.

The new departments have opened in the clinical services building.

"The $265 million Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital Stage 2 redevelopment will provide a superior experience for patients, carers, staff and visitors, with a larger emergency department and an ICU about three times the size of the previous one," Mr Hazzard said.

The new, state-of-the-art pharmacy is also more than double in size and, thanks to its advanced robotics, can select and dispense medications and conduct stocktakes faster, reducing errors and wastage and allowing pharmacists to spend more time with patients.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard

The remaining departments will open early next year, followed by the expansion of the emergency department.

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