Secondary Care

Royal Free Hospital goes live with EPR over the weekend

The Royal Free Hospital, part of The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, has gone live over the weekend with its Cerner electronic patient record.

On Saturday 2 October, Royal Free Hospital went live with the system, joining two thirds of the trust – Barnet Hospital and Chase Farm Hospital – who have been using the system for a number of years.

To support the implementation and go-live the trust released an overview video on what the new system would mean for the hospital. Staff in the video commented to highlight “two thirds of the trust [Barnet Hospital and Chase Farm Hospital] have been using its EPR successfully” and it has proven to “standardise treatment and reduce length of stay”.

In the video communication, Chief Executive, Chris Streather, said: “The real advantage and the most important for me is a real improvement in patient safety. We will be able to detect earlier deterioration in patients and coordinate their medications.”

To support the introduction of the system, the trust provided updates on Twitter over the weekend:

As the go-live progressed:

You can watch the overview video of the EPR programme here:

In other news from the trust, HTN recently reported on a new  app introduced to manage liver patients in the community and its use of automation technology.