“Pil Bob”

A blue plastic pot with a spike in the centre        Pil Bob


The Pil Bob makes it easier for an elderly person to remove tablets from a medication blister pack/medicine manager.

Using the central spike to pierce the backing  paper allows the tablets to fall safely into the dish.

The benefits of using a Pil Bob include;

  • safety – no need to use scissors or a nail file to pierce the backing paper
  • convenience – no tablets lost on the floor (no spares are given in a medicine manager pack)

Pil Bobs are available to customers using the Lloyds pharmacy medicine blister packs and from some District Nurses.

They are not available to purchase.




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Award-winning blogger and former care columnist for Devon Life magazine. I am passionate about helping elderly people and people with dementia live purposeful and independent lives.
Designer of the Dementia Assistance Card and Points Of Light award recipient, Caron hopes to help carers when resources are limited and demand is ever-increasing. I am here to support you.


  1. Hi Caron, I managed to get one today from a Lloyds chemist .

  2. Hello Angela,

    It’s a little hit and miss to be honest. Try Lloyds pharmacy, and ask around at Dr’s surgeries. They are not for sale so to speak but some practices do or did offer them free of charge. I am sorry I can’t be more helpful.

  3. HI CAROL,I Work with the elderly for the council please can you tell me where I can buy the pilbob these would be very helpful for a lot of our service users . Thanks Angela Booth.

  4. Hi Martina, I managed to get hold of the Pill Bobs from my local Lloyds pharmacy. They are not available to buy. Try asking a district nurse when they visit your care home as they can often get hold of them. If all else fails email me your address and I will send you one. Thanks for your interest in Caron Cares. I would be delighted if you signed up for my email newsletter using the form on the top right of any page. Subscribers are the first to know about freebies and special offers.

  5. Please could you let me know where to purchase these. I work in a care home with blister packs. I have lost my pill bob. Fantastic little thing.


  6. Hello Lauren,
    Many thanks for taking the time to leave me a comment. As far as I know you cannot buy them !!
    If you ask in your local Lloyds pharmacy I am sure they will let you have one as they apparently distribute them free with blister packs for their customers.

  7. Could you please provide details of where these could be purchased in the uk, these would be very beneficial in my line of work Lauren.hamilton@sw.glasgow.uk


  8. Hello Peter,
    I have emailed you personally and look forward to hearing from you in due course. Sorry for the delay but I have been away to sunnier climes !!

    Best wishes, Caron

  9. Hi Caron

    I am trying to find out where to purchase the pil-bob. This would be so handy for my mum with arthritic hands. Can you please advise me on where to purchase. Many thanks.

    Best wishes
    Peter Atkinson

  10. Hello Lesley,
    Thank you for leaving me a message.I have a couple, if you email me your address I will send you one.
    They are often given to patients who have their medication dispensed in blister packs from Lloyds Pharmacy.
    Best wishes,

  11. could you please forward a telephone number were i could get a pill bob from

    thanks lesley

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