Improved technology will help provide even better care for Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust patients thanks to a successful funding bid.
The Trust has secured £1.35m from NHS England for its Real Time (To) Care Programme.
It plans to install more real-time digital screens at Swindon’s Great Western Hospital (GWH) and also develop the Trust’s electronic patient information storage systems.
One of the Programme’s main aims is to move away from using paper-based patient notes to having such information available electronically.
This will allow quicker and more accurate decision-making for patient care and will also speed up patient flow.
The Trust will electronically share with GPs patient hospital discharge information; enabling details to be instantly available to GPs should they require them.
The Emergency Department at GWH already has an electronic real-time information board detailing crucial information about patients.
Similar technology is now planned to be installed elsewhere in the hospital, to give staff instant information about important areas including bed availability and current ward staffing levels.
Dr Constantin Jabarin, Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s Chief Clinical Information Officer – pictured – said: “It is fantastic news that we have secured this money as it will allow us to use technology more to further improve the way we care for our patients.
“Having up-to-date information about a patient’s care is vital to being able to treat them efficiently and effectively and I am sure patients will see tangible benefits.
“Being able to join-up the various stages of care provided to patients through our electronic information system provides clinicians with the tools they need to give patients the best possible experience.”
The new technology will be developed and implemented over the next year following a period of testing.