Plymouth to digitise emergency department

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust is set to implement tech from Nervecentre to digitise its emergency department.

The trust will introduce two modules of the Nervecentre modular electronic patient record system, its emergency department and patient safety modules, aiming to support staff with mobile working.

All nursing and medical documentation; triage, clerking, reviews and discharge summaries will be digital, and staff will use the tool as an electronic assessment built on the Manchester Triage System clinical framework.

Paul McArdle, Deputy Medical Director and SRO for the ED and Patient Safety modules, commented on the project: “I feel a real sense of anticipation amongst staff who have been looking forward to taking this step forward in our digital capability, making the hospital a safer place for patients. It will enhance the visibility of patients, particularly for those experiencing deterioration, create escalations, and enable staff to complete their jobs supported by the digital environment.

“It is a big step forward on our digital journey and forms an important part of our first-year ambition in our recently launched 5-year patient safety strategy.”

Nanette Bothma, CMIO and Clinical Lead for the Nervecentre ED project, added: “The excitement of staff counting down the days to go live is palpable in the emergency department. Staff are looking forward to using a modern, agile, and bespoke configured digital system in their emergency department, embarking on using handheld devices, recording observations and clinical noting electronically for the very first time.”

In other recent news at the trust, £500,000 funding from NHS Transformation’s Digital Health Partnership Award is supporting a project to introduce new smart watches for people living with Parkinson’s disease. The device supports healthcare teams to assess a patient’s condition and movements remotely – replacing a previous paper-based process – and is worn for six days to collect information on a patient’s movements and medication adherence.