Pharmacierge expands

A computer image shows a plan of Pharmacierge’s new 30ft dispensing robot with medication chutes to the dispensary beneath. The reception area is shown in the top right-hand corner

By Leslie Berry

A 5,500 square-foot expansion in Wimpole Street of Pharmacierge, the e-prescription medtech for private clinicians, is creating central London’s largest robotically-enabled dispensary.

It is equipped with a 30ft dispensing robot projected to improve overall efficiency and enhance rapid availability of the broadest possible pharmacy formulary for a network of over 4,500 GP and consultant users. 

The company said acquiring the additional Wimpole Street lease marked a milestone in its mission to be the pharmacy partner of choice to all leading private practices and private hospitals. 

Edward Ungar

Chief executive Edward Ungar said: ‘We’re not just expanding our footprint but creating advanced facilities that offer clinicians and their patients an appreciably better service. 

‘Robotics and proprietary software play a core role in our aspiration to set a new benchmark for pharmacy efficiency; one which will undeniably benefit patient care.’

The brand’s operations parallel to Harley Street will grow to 8,000 square feet – or tenfold the size of its original location in 2015. 

Pharmacierge, backed by 80 leading private GPs and consultants spanning all medical specialties, engaged a world-renowned pharmacy designer to transform two 18th-century Georgian properties into one streamlined clinical space.  

The multi-arm robot, a first in central London, will soon occupy one wing of the new premises, with medication chutes spiralling down through the floor to the spacious modern dispensary below.  

Plans include dedicated sub-divided areas for controlled, refrigerated and biological medications.

The development aims to bring the time- and cost-saving benefits of ‘ePrescribing-as-a-service’ to more private practitioners, hospitals and private patient units nationwide.