More wards join the digital revolution at the Great Western Hospital

Posted: November 18, 2015

Trust takes next step to paperless environment

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has taken the next steps towards creating an entirely paperless environment by bringing state-of-the-art technology to more of its wards and departments.

Over the last few weeks, doctors and nurses working in the Ambulatory Care Unit at the Great Western Hospital have been getting to grips with new mobile devices that display patient information, such as the latest doctors notes and nursing documents, in real time from anywhere on the ward.

Other essential information, such as estimated discharge dates and details surrounding further health and social care needs for when a patient leaves hospital, can also be viewed on the new laptops and tablets.

The rollout of new technology follows a successful launch in the hospital's Emergency Department, where staff are now benefitting from an electronic information board which updates patient details in real time.

More efficient, more effective

Dr Constantin Jabarin, Chief Clinical Information Officer, said: "Having this technology and, more importantly, this information at our fingertips is really exciting for both staff and patients.

"It means that we are able to treat our patients more efficiently and more effectively while also allowing for more accurate decision making.

"There's a long running joke among patients and medical staff about doctors' handwriting but with this new technology, that's now a thing of the past as notes can be logged easily on mobile devices and seen instantly by others.

"This will save time, lower the risk of errors and also support a smoother handover between staff when coming to the end of or starting a new shift. I believe this technology will help us give our patients the best possible experience of our Trust."  

The next stage of the Real Time to Care programme will see the new technology expanded to all wards at GWH and also community services, resulting in the Trust becoming a paper-light healthcare provider.

Earlier this year, the Trust secured a grant of £1.35 million from NHS England to fund the programme.  

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