GG&C had used three different pharmacy systems across multiple sites. Each site used separate databases and drug files which meant the system was highly ineffective. Also medicines utilisation reporting systems were based on a number of site locations.
GG&C engaged with EMIS Health to create a new Pharmacy system to release staff onto the wards, consolidate the pharmacy services and redefine the way medicines are provided to in-patients.
Robotics revolutionise the Pharmacy service
EMIS Health worked with GG&C to design a centralised Pharmacy Distribution Centre (PDC). By implementing EMIS Health’s Hospital Pharmacy solution and a robotics interface, GG&C were able to improve efficiency and accuracy.
The robots perform automated picking; there is no longer a need for manual checking. This decreases administrative efforts enabling staff to use their time in a clinical setting.
Pharmacy staff on the ward
The PDC has replaced 14 pharmacy stores managed by 150 staff. The new Pharmacy Distribution centre operates with 40 staff, which has enabled 41 whole time equivalent staff to be available on the wards. This has effectively doubled their clinical pharmacy services.
EMIS Health’s Hospital Pharmacy system includes a Decision Support Service that highlights any dangerous drug interactions or allergies the patients might have, improving patient safety.