New Punggol Polyclinic gets boost with robot tech

Punggol Polyclinic, which begun operating last year, features a host of new facilities and services for the community. This includes an automated pharmacy, which makes use of robot technology to help distribute medications to patients more quickly an
Punggol Polyclinic, which begun operating last year, features a host of new facilities and services for the community. This includes an automated pharmacy, which makes use of robot technology to help distribute medications to patients more quickly and accurately. PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

Robot technology at the new Punggol Polyclinic is expected to boost efficiency and cut waiting times for patients.

An automated pharmacy - the first of its kind in Singapore - will have robots packing medication, freeing up pharmacy staff to focus on patients with more complex medical conditions.

The new polyclinic, Singapore's 20th, was officially opened yes-terday by labour chief and Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Ng Chee Meng.

It will also boast a host of other facilities, such as an eye clinic and a research centre - both firsts in polyclinics.

As it is located in Singapore's "baby town", the polyclinic will have a special focus on women's and children's health. It will launch a pilot programme targeting gestational diabetes in July.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 24, 2018, with the headline 'New Punggol Polyclinic gets boost with robot tech'. Print Edition | Subscribe