Patients living in some Shaftesbury-area villages will be able to collect medicines at any time of the day or night from today.
Residents of Ashmore and Berwick St John are amongst the Sixpenny Handley Surgery users who will be able to pick up prescriptions from a new cashpoint-like dispenser.
GP Mark Morgan says the new device will help enhance COVID safety by limiting the number of unnecessary interactions between patients and health centre staff.
Arctic explorer Pen Hadow has managed this project. Pen says this is the first of these machines in Dorset and there are only around twenty nationwide.