Lincolnshire pill dispenser supply and filling service
We all know how difficult it can be for anyone with conditions to collect/receive a pill dispenser from the pharmacist. As it takes time for the pharmacist to create and deliver the dispensers to the customer.
A solution has been created by LinCare working in partnership with Pivotell and the East Midlands Pharmacy to provide a new Pivotell pill dispenser and filling service.
This new service involves, from only £1.73 per week:
- customer receiving a Pivotell automatic pill dispenser that will be filled on a weekly basis by the East Midlands Pharmacy
- these dispensers automatically let the customer know that it is time to take their medication
- the dispenser also at the correct time opens up the correct section with the medication already in ready to be taken
The device is filled and locked by a pharmacist and delivered to the customer’s home once a week by a delivery person. This frees up crucial time for the pharmacist so that they can support more people.
An automatic pill dispenser is probably suitable if all the following apply:
- customer does not reliably take the right tablets at the right dosage at the right time
- customer understands that they need to take their medication
- the customer has to be able to hear the audible alarm or see the visual alarm (ideally both)
- the customer can get to where the pill dispenser is located
- the customer can retain learning about what the pill dispenser is for, recognise the alarm and what to do when the alarm sounds
- if the customer is able to lift the pill dispenser and turn it upside down to access tablets (or use the ‘tipper’). Tippers are available from LinCare.
- there is a suitable solution for medicines (eg inhalers, eye drops, creams) which cannot be placed into the pill dispenser
An automatic pill dispenser may not be suitable if the following applies:
- customer’s medication changes frequently – whilst medication changes can be accommodated by re-dispensing (and, if appropriate, re-programming the pill dispenser) this will incur additional costs in terms of prescribing and wastage.
An automatic pill dispenser is probably not suitable if any of the following apply:
- customer does not want to use the pill dispenser
- most of the service user’s medication is not suitable to be dispensed in the dispenser
- customer does not want to take their medication
- customer is aggressive (dispenser may malfunction if thrown with force although should be fine if accidentally dropped)
- customer has both visual and hearing impairments.
If you would like more information about this service you can call 0300 303 4430 or email LinCare@lincoln.gov.uk