Trust secures technology funding from NHS England

Posted: May 12, 2014

Scheme will enable staff to manage medication electronically

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been awarded funding from NHS England's Safer Hospitals, Safer Wards Technology Fund, to support the procurement and implementation of an electronic prescribing and medicines administration (EPMA) system at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon. A pilot will begin in November and it is anticipated that EPMA will be implemented across all acute wards by 1 March next year.

EPMA means staff will be able to use portable computers to manage medication electronically from prescribing through to supply and administration, rather than the handwritten paper charts which are currently used.

Benefits of the system include staff having real-time access to legible and accurate information about patients, their medication and medical history at the point of care. This will help prevent medication being prescribed incorrectly because notes have been lost or are illegible. It will also mean better communication between hospital staff and automatic warnings relating to allergic reactions and drug interactions while having instant access to prescribing guidelines. All these benefits lead to safer and improved patient care.

The Trust has been awarded £235,000 from the Safer Hospitals, Safer Wards Technology Fund to get the project started. Further funding installments totalling £935,000 are dependent on the Trust meeting certain milestones in the project set by the Safer Wards Technology Fund. The project is expected to cost £2,196,400 in total.

This is an innovative project that will help the trust towards its ambition for being a paper-light organisation and to continue providing safer care for our patients.

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