E-PRESCRIPTIONS SET TO BE INTRODUCED IN COVENTRY

Electronic prescriptions are set to be introduced in Coventry, thanks to a £1.2m funding boost.

The government cash means that paper prescriptions will be replaced with digital prescribing systems.

It’s hoped that this will improve patient safety and reduce errors, as well as being a timesaver for staff.

Our partner University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust (UHCW) is one of 16 trusts to get a slice of almost £16m that’s been made available in this round of funding.

It’s part of a £78m pot to achieve a long term aim to eliminate paper prescribing in hospitals across the NHS by 2024.

It comes as UHCW, along with other hospitals across the country, gear up for a challenging winter, with Covid-19 adding to the usual winter pressures of flu and other seasonal illnesses.

  • What are electronic prescriptions?

Instead of relying on handwritten notes and paper medicine charts, staff can now quickly access potentially lifesaving information on prescribed medicines and patient history.

This can also reduce medication errors by up to 30 per cent when compared with the old paper systems.

Electronic prescribing systems have been shown to save time and money by reducing unnecessary bureaucracy and investing in these systems will help to save money and increase productivity for the NHS overall.

  • Improved response to Covid-19 crisis

Minister for Patient Safety, Nadine Dorries said: "We are determined to make the NHS the safest healthcare system in the world.

"The introduction of digital prescribing systems has helped us reduce potentially deadly medication errors and save our hardworking staff valuable time, enabling them to dedicate their full attention and care to patients.

“As we enter what is set to be a challenging winter, the best way we can continue to protect patients and staff is if we all work together and continue to follow the national restrictions to suppress the virus.”

Dr Paul Curley is deputy medical director at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust – which received funding to move to electronic prescriptions in 2018.

He said: “At The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust we successfully implemented eMeds, our electronic prescribing and medicines administration (ePMA) system.

“eMeds has revolutionised prescribing and improved medicines safety across the Trust, and a number of benefits have been realised including high staff satisfaction levels, greater visibility of prescriptions and reduced prescribing errors.

“We deployed eMeds at significant pace across three hospital sites in 10 months, against a planned implementation period of 24 months.

“We believe that our ePMA project has been one of our most successful implementations and was driven by the objective of clinical improvement.

“It was completed only months before the COVID-19 pandemic and so was hugely beneficial for our overall response.”

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