Two Sussex supermarkets have begun a year-long trial of vending machines to dispense prescriptions.
The machines, at Sainsbury’s in Haywards Heath and West Green, allow patients to collect medicines without speaking to a pharmacist.
It is the first trial of the machines in the UK, according to the supermarket.
Customers must register for a unique ID and Pin number and can deposit NHS prescriptions using a special envelope.
Each machine, which can hold up to 450 packs of medicines, will issue a printed receipt with a collection time. The dispensed medicines will contain instructions for the patient.
Sainsbury’s professional services manager David Gilder said: “The vending machines provide a secure and convenient way for customers to obtain prescribed medication at a time that suits them.”
Remote pharmacy vending machines are expected to be trialed at UK hospitals later this year, providing a video link between patients and pharmacists.