Generous donation helps Maternity move to paperless records 


1 February 2013

Midwives will soon be able to use new laptops to improve the way they take notes thanks to a generous donation of almost £19,000, which will help efforts to move to paperless patient records.

The League of Friends of the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital has donated £18,900 which has paid for seven mobile carts with laptops which will allow care to be recorded in real-time at a patient’s bedside in the hospital’s Maternity unit.

At present notes are hand-written and entered electronically later in the day but the Maternity department is moving towards becoming paperless, and the new mobile carts will help to make this a reality.

This further step towards completely digital records in Maternity will begin next month (February) when Midwife Led Units at the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford, and in Ludlow, Bridgnorth and Oswestry, will enter patient records electronically rather than having hand-written notes as well.

Then, in March, the new mobile carts will be used at the bedside, meaning all patient records will be entered electronically except for community visits to patient homes.

The move will bring a number of benefits as it will reduce duplication, save time and ensure all records are available electronically at any time for Midwives needing them at any of the Midwife Led Units in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin.

Sally Maddox, Medway System Admin Midwife at The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, said: “We’re grateful to the League of Friends for this very generous donation which will allow our Midwives to enter patient records in real-time, reducing duplication and improving the service for our patients. This is just one of the ways we are working towards the Government’s aim of the NHS becoming paperless, with patient records becoming fully digital within five years.”

Iain Gilmour, Executive Chairman of The League of Friends of the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, said: “The League of Friends is delighted to be able to help the Maternity department in their drive to offer an improved service to the people of Shropshire. This has been made possible by the generosity of our supporters and fundraisers across the county and is another example of the way local people can help to support our local services in very difficult times.”

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