DRUG dispensing robots dubbed Tom and Jerry have been unveiled at Wexham Park Hospital.

Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is among the first in the UK to install the robots which automatically loads and dispenses medicine to order on the wards.

Tom and Jerry can also fire the drugs across the hospital to the pharmacy department via 200m air tubes.

Dennis Lauder, Chief Pharmacist, said: “The number of dispensing errors is low at the Trust and is line with the national average.

“Nevertheless, we consider any error to be serious and the robots will certainly help to eliminate them. “We feel it’s important to invest in and continuously improve our efficiency so that we can continue to provide a high quality and safe service.”