Year of EPR complete

Our staff nurses Emily Pawson and Sophie Whiteley on Ward 19 are pictured here with the very latest techonolgy patient information storage equipment.

It's an Electronic Patient Record trolley - they were introduced in a huge digital switchover process which started in May 2017 and continues to this day.

Gone are the days of brown paper patients' files - which often fell into disrepair and became separated from the patient during their care journey through the hospital or community.

The trolley stores all information centrally and securely and is accessible to every clinician involved in the care pathway - doctors, nurses, therapists, radiologists.

Our conversion to a digital system was a huge undertaking - one of the single biggest ever undertaken by a hospital trust in the country.

We are one of the most advanced Trusts in the country in terms of new technology supporting our ward teams: nearly every member of staff here at CHFT has had to learn new ways of working.

The venture was a joint one with our partners at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and it will continue to be rolled out over the next 10 years.

Importantly, our project team was headed up by clinicians, including our now Chief Nurse Jackie Murphy and paediatrician Alistair Morris, to ensure it was the very best it could be for our patients.

In May just gone we celebrated a year of EPR and thanked all colleagues again for their commitment to the challenge.

** Other technologies include handheld devices for recording patient oberservations such as blood pressure and temperature. At the start patients thought our doctors and nurses were addicted to their phones and were puzzled. We were happy to be able to reassure them that staff were actually looking at the latest technology to help with their care! The information recorded is fed to the central storage and automatically creates alerts when a patient might be in need of extra medical interventions.