FORT RUCKER, Ala. (May 31, 2013) -- The pharmacy at Lyster Army Health Clinic will relocate to the front of the main parking lot by Andrews Avenue the first week of July, and operate out of a temporary structure until renovation is complete inside the clinic.

The renovation, expected to be complete in summer 2014, will double the size of the current pharmacy to 7,000 sq. ft. and update its existing medication dispensing system to state-of-the-art equipment. The new pharmacy will be located where the laboratory currently sits and the lab will relocate to the pharmacy's current spot. Both clinics are part of the $4.9 million update to the facility.

The temporary pharmacy will have the same ticketing system and number of windows as the current pharmacy. There will be additional seating in the waiting area.

Aside from more space in the new pharmacy, patients can look forward to shortened wait times and quicker refills on medications, said Lt. Col. Taiwo Bolaji, chief of pharmacy.

"Our updated equipment will allow us to program the new robots to refill hundreds of medications each night to be ready for our patients in the morning," he said.

Pharmacy technicians will also be able to quickly fill new prescriptions and have them ready in less time.

"The pharmacy (technician) and staff pharmacist can input the prescriptions on the computer and the medications will be filled into the bottles and packaged in minutes, not hours," Bolaji said.

Throughout the construction process, the volunteer-run golf cart will be available to those who need assistance to and from the temporary pharmacy.

The new pharmacy will also offer patients the opportunity to speak one-on-one with pharmacists about medication-related questions over the phone or in person.

The pharmacy's hours and phone numbers will remain the same.