A Kilwinning pharmacy has now officially unveiled its new drug dispensing robot.

After major investment Townhead Pharmacy officially relaunched last week – with its newest team member Meep the Robot set to show off its dispensing skills.

Pennyburn Primary pupils were recently invited to name the robot, with pupil Dylan Dryer coming up with the winning name Meep.

Cunninghame South MSP Ruth Maguire cut the ribbon to mark Townhead’s transformation into a health centre environment, ready to offer a wider range of support to GP surgeries.

David and Fiona Stribling of Lime Tree Healthcare, who bought Townhead back in 2009, say this will allow pharmacists to increase the time they spend with patients in treating a wide range of medical conditions.

David Stribling said: “Following an extensive refit at Townhead, we now have a dedicated patient waiting area and two consultation rooms.

“Meep operates in a special ‘prescriptions corridor’, automatically picking and dispensing medicines for our technicians to check. This allows our pharmacists to spend more time with patients, dealing with everyday medication issues and running specific clinics.”

Ruth Maguire MSP said: “This community pharmacy and health centre is a great example of how pharmacies can play a greater role in primary care. I know that David and Fiona have ambitious plans for the future and I wish them every success.”