New equipment at Winchester hospital

In this Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017 photo provided by the Winchester District Memorial Hospital, staff celebrate the arival of new equipment. The hospital has 10 automatic drug dispensing machines, meant to cut down on cases of possible medication errors. (WDMH via Newswatch Group)

WINCHESTER – Safer dispensing of medications is being put in place at the Winchester hospital.

The health care facility recently took possession of 10 automatic medication dispensing machines, known as Automated Dispensing Cabinets or ADCs.

The new equipment, which included a pill packager and computer technology for the pharmacy, cost $540,000.

The equipment they received was also more than they had hoped for, thanks to community support.

“The foundation originally set out to fundraise for five ADC units and a pill packager, but our donors stepped up once again. Because of that, we were able to fund the second phase of the project much sooner than anticipated, funding all 10 ADC units and the pill packager,” said Kristen Casselman, the foundation’s managing director.

Staff will now have to go through training on the new machines, which should be fully in use by spring 2018.

The hospital has also recently received a couple of donations, including $15,000 from the Township of North Stormont and a $4,000 joint donation from Caisse populaire Nouvel-Horizon in Embrun and Desjardins Insurance.