A new electronic patient record system has been introduced in the emergency department at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.
University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT) is the first acute Trust in England to use ‘Lorenzo’ in an Emergency Department setting when it went live at Furness General Hospital in June, and at the RLI on Tuesday.
The Trust said that replacing the largely paper based health records with an electronic system is a major step forward in patient safety.
The system gives staff treating a patient access to constantly updated information whenever it is needed, regardless of which of the Trust’s hospitals they are in.
Sir David Henshaw, Chair, UHMBT, said: “Making sure our doctors and nurses have the most up to date and relevant information on hand when they treat a patient is crucial to ensure we offer the best possible care to our local communities.
“Lorenzo enables the sharing of this information across our hospitals meaning that patient care becomes more personal and safer – both of which are paramount priorities for us.”
Lorenzo went live across the majority of the Trust’s wards and departments in June 2010. The Trust said the module designed for the emergency care environment offers specific benefits for staff and patients. These include:
More secure and confidential patient information as staff will only be able to see a patient’s information if it is relevant to their job and instantly accessible records across all of the Trust’s hospitals, meaning staff will have all the details they need about the patient including any relevant medical history and all test results.
The Trust said it will be able to offer a safer service, carry out fewer duplicate investigations and reduce the number of avoidable admissions to hospital.
The Trust added that patients could be confident that staff can see what they need to know to give them the best possible care, meaning quicker discharge from hospital, a more detailed discharge summary for GPs of the care received whilst in hospital and more personal care.
The Trust said that initially patients may experience some slight delays when booking in at the reception desk, but there would be no delays to the time it takes to see a triage nurse or a doctor.