NHS Trial of PillTime Pouches



During the three-month pilot project there was a substantial drop in the average time required to prepare medications for patients. A review of a sample of 12 patients on the intermediate care unit identified a drug administration time saving of up to 30 minutes on a typical full medication round. Following successful roll-out on the intermediate care unit, Pendleton Suite, the service was rolled out to two intermediate care homes: Heartly Green and The Limes. The service was well received by nursing staff and demonstrated significant time savings.

Other benefits reported during the trial:

A reduction in the number of medicines-related incidents compared to the previous 3 months due to more accurate audit trails

Improved checking to ensure the correct tablet is dispensed (through the use of the automated Optical Checker)

Calmer atmosphere on the wards and reduction in stress when dealing with patients

Increased staff satisfaction with the drug administration process

Medication provided in a more timely manner

Reduction in the number of missed doses

Reduction in wastage costs

More manageable drug trolleys


Earl Thomas, Nurse, The Limes, said:

“Since using the PillTime pouches we have found increased efficiencies within the administration processes. We no longer spend long lengths of time having to de-blister several different medications for patients, nor do we have to continually return to and from the clinic in search of medication.”

Nadine Keats, Nurse, Pendleton Suite, said:

“The pouches are extremely helpful and have saved me up to 40 minutes per round. Consequently, I’ve been able to engage more with patients. The PillTime pouches have made for efficient drug rounds, a more relaxed atmosphere on the ward and enabled tidier and more manageable trolleys.”

Andy Beesley, Medication Management Robotics, said:

“We are delighted to be working with PillTime and Salford Royal on this ground-breaking initiative. At this time when the NHS and nurses in particular are under increasing pressure, we believe that new technologies like this will help the NHS to support Closed Loop Medication administration.

Leighton Humphreys, PillTime, said:

“Being part of this trial with Salford Royal has allowed us to demonstrate the significant benefits of PillTime’s robotic drug pouching to both patient care and the NHS’s cost-saving initiatives. Hearing the positive feedback from the nurses on the wards has been very rewarding for the team at PillTime.”

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