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Patient safety at forefront of digitisation programme at Nottingham hospitals

Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) NHS Trust have launched a digital prescription programme - the biggest change to patient care of its kind.

Electronic Prescribing and Medicines Administration (EPMA) replaces the paper-based system as part of NUH’s digitisation programme and will have a significant impact on patient safety.

It offers 24/7 access to patients' medication records from anywhere, and can link up with other databases; this joined-up approach saves time and improves patient safety, experience and outcomes.

EPMA was launched at City Hospital this week, with more than 15,000 prescriptions administered in the first 24 hours. It will be rolled out at Queen’s Medical Centre in June.

Andy Callow, Chief Digital and Information Officer at NUH, said: “The go-live launch went really well as a result of an absolutely fantastic response from multi-disciplinary teams working towards a common goal. The focus of EPMA is to maintain patient safety.

“EPMA will have a significant impact across all divisions, services and users to bring about improvements, integration and new ways of working to the way in which we deliver care.”

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