Sainsbury’s is trialling the UK’s first prescription vending machines, aimed at providing customers with a secure, convenient way to obtain prescribed medication.

Customers will be able to deposit NHS prescriptions in the machines and pick them up later instead of queuing. Families will also be able to group prescriptions and collect them together. Customers will have to register and create a unique ID and PIN and a pharmacist will ensure the barcoded medication has been properly prescribed.
The Asteres machines, which are being piloted at two stores, in Haywards Heath and West Green, West Sussex, will be offered alongside an in-store service for customers who wish to speak to a pharmacist.

Sainsbury’s said 80% of orders it received were repeat prescriptions and the express service would help cut down queue times. It will evaluate feedback before deciding on a rollout.