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University Hospitals Bristol Goes Live with Medway

30th April 2012

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust go-live with its Medway patient administration system and electronic patient record.

The trust conducted the migration of 125m records from the trust’s IHCS PAS and other systems overnight from Friday to Saturday (20 to 21 April). The emergency departments went live on Saturday afternoon, after which there was a roll-out to wards and remaining departments, ready for outpatients to start work on Monday morning.

Paul Mapson, director of finance, said there was no reduction in hospital activity over this period.
The Medway modules that have been implemented are the full range of patient administration functions, emergency department, theatres, maternity, casenote management, integrated business intelligence and Medway Clinicians Desktop.

The desktop is being used to bring together patient information from systems across the trust, giving users quick and easy access via single sign-on to PACS images, ICE order communications, the clinical document store, results viewing and Medicode clinical coding services.

Activity data from Medway is also being fed into departmental systems and the trust’s existing business intelligence system, which will continue to be used for the production of operational reports.

Mapson said: “Overall, the Medway go-live at University Hospitals Bristol has been characterised by the professional attitude of the trust’s operational staff.

“They have remained patient and good-natured while getting used to the new systems and maintaining high quality care for their patients.

“I would like to thank every member of staff involved in this project for their dedication and hard work in making sure the implementation was a success.”

Over the coming months, the trust will be rolling out more functions within the core Medway modules, and through the desktop, ahead of the next phases of an ambitious Clinical Systems Implementation Programme.