Isle of Wight’s Ward-Based Drugs Storage ‘Leading the Way’
The Isle of Wight Radio broadcasted a news story about the Island’s NHS Trust’s new storage system at St Mary’s Hospital, which was funded by the NHSE Technology Fund and uses touch recognition technology.
Fifteen wards and departments at St Mary’s have all their medicines stored in automated Omnicell cabinets, which are linked to JAC’s EPMA system, and are automatically refilled through a link with a ‘pharmacy robot’ based in the main pharmacy department.
The new touch recognition technology allows ward staff to select medicines for specific patients using touch recognition technology such as keyless, fingerprint access, eliminating the need for usernames and passwords, saving considerable time.
Gillian Honeywell, Chief Pharmacist at St. Mary’s Hospital, explained that the Trust has “worked closely with the technology companies to achieve this closed loop for medicines management on the Isle of Wight, where we are recognised as forerunners in adopting technology to improve efficiency and release time to care, and will be sharing our experience across Europe.”
The new system provides 24-hour security and access for medicines and there is a clear record of who has issued which medicine. “What the doctor has actually prescribed is what gets picked from the cabinet using the linked electronic prescription details; removing as many steps, choices and obstacles as possible. It is significantly more secure and auditable, it tells us what it needs and when it needs it on a daily basis,” said Honeywell.
“The system is being rolled out to most wards allowing a hospital wide knowledge of where medicines are available and we will be installing in our ambulance station as one of the first to use technology to manage medicines in the Ambulance Service. Our pledge to NHSE and the Trust is to prove value for money and evaluate all of the benefits to help others plan their technology progress.” continued Honeywell.
Honeywell concluded by saying that many Trusts have already visited the Isle of Wight and are “very excited about the project.”Read More