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Medication dispensing tool for vulnerable adults

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A new medication dispensing tool to support the needs of vulnerable adults in the community is to be piloted by nurses in the West Midlands.

The North Staffordshire pilot forms part of a wider initiative across the West Midlands, organised by the West Midlands joint improvement partnership, which will see the technology trialled in eight different health and social care organisations.

The automatic pill dispenser – a battery operated device with a built in alarm which reminds patients when to take their medication - will be trialled by community matrons at NHS North Staffordshire from next month.

Around 20 patients will take part in the six month trial, including older people living at home or in residential care, and those with long term conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and early dementia.

The aim of the automatic pill dispenser is to improve medication adherence, and reduce unnecessary hospital admissions, by supporting people to take control of their medication needs.

Nurses at Cheadle community hospital will also train suitable patients in how to use the device to help facilitate earlier discharge from hospital.

North Staffordshire Community Healthcare associate director of operations Derek Pannent, who is co-ordinating the pilot, said the tool could be of real benefit to patients and carers and help manage long term conditions outside acute care.

“As well as avoiding costly admissions to A&E, it could be used by ward staff to improve patient safety in the step down process from acute to community care, covering both ends of the spectrum,” he said.

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  • My father was given a timed/alarmed medication box when, it was claimed he had early stage dementia. Problem being it was impossible to know if he was taking his medication when due if we were not around. True he was no longer able to accidently overdose but it was impossible to check if the dose had been taken if no one was around to check within an hour or so of the alarm going off. The pharmacy did not report back to the GP if meds were still in the box and they would not tell me as they claimed it was confidential information. As a consequence my father often had a down turn in his condition due to missing medication and we had to abandon the timed box.
    The box resolved one problem but created several others and the boxes are not cheap. Two boxes are needed per patient ie one in use and one with pharmacy for filling. I believe they cost £125 or more each

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