Sue Howard, Matron, with a new trolley and laptop used for prescribing

Over the past 18 months, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT) has seen a range of improvements thanks to its increasingly developed Lorenzo Electronic Patient Record (EPR) system.

The EPR has revolutionised the way staff work and now means that they can access up-to-date patient information instantly, from anywhere in any of the Trust’s three main hospitals, regardless  of where the patient is located.

By reducing the amount of forms and paper needed, the EPR has also saved the Trust an eye watering £196,000.

The EPR has also seen several other improvements made to the Trust:

  • 95% of electronic discharge summaries are now completed within 24 hours
  • 4,000 different drugs are being prescribed electronically across the Trust. Around 14,000 drugs are being prescribed electronically per day across all of the Trust’s 59 different inpatient areas
  • Midwives working in the community can now access the latest information relating to a woman’s care remotely through laptops. Midwives are saving travel time as they no longer have to come back to base to enter hand written notes into the electronic system
  • 22,630 meals have been ordered on a 31 bedded ward as part of a 12 month eMeals trial. Staff can now order inpatient meals using tablet computers on the same day
  • The Emergency Departments (ED) at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary and Furness General Hospital have taken a large stride towards being reducing use of paperwork and using electronic charts instead so they are spending less time on paperwork. Electronic whiteboards are now being used which allows staff to access and record a patients location and movements within the hospital

Aaron Cummins, Chief Executive, UHMBT, said: “The work that has been ongoing across the Bay to use technology differently has really transformed the way staff work in hospital and out in the community for the better. It has also led to important improvements in patient safety and experience.

“One of the main challenges in Morecambe Bay is sharing information across three main hospitals across an area of 1,000 square miles. By using technology, it can really help us deliver better patient services and reduce the time spent by staff on paperwork. I think it’s really important that it is clinicians who are leading this work, as ultimately this is a tool for clinicians to use. We want it to make their working lives easier and in doing so give them more opportunities to deliver care in more effective ways for our patients.”

The EPR is also having an impact for GPs with over 250 GP records accessed electronically every day, and 100,000 letters and documents sent electronically to GPs in 2017.

To find out more about the EPR journey at UHMBT, watch this short video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSPXVTWPBDs