North Tees upgrade is first key step to delivering Scan4Safety

05 Dec 2016

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust has achieved a significant milestone in the Scan4Safety programme, following the ‘smoothest upgrade ever’ of their Electronic Medicines Management solution.

The trust is one of six that are taking part in the Scan4Safety initiative. The aim of the project is to have clear barcoding standards within hospital pharmacy that will improve patient safety and experience, and operational efficiency. By adopting GS1 and PEPPOL standards, trusts will see improvements in everyday accuracy, traceability and safety by having access to the right data at the right time.

The latest version of our Electronic Medicines Management system provides the key fields that are required to be compliant with the GS1 standard. North Tees upgraded to the latest version over a two-day period, which according to Philip Dean, head of pharmacy, was “the smoothest upgrade I have ever been involved in.”

“The changeover of systems was invisible to staff - it exceeded our expectations.”

Philip Dean, head of pharmacy, North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust

“Largely this was down to the planning and preparatory work between staff at the trust and staff at EMIS Health, working together to ensure a seamless upgrade. The changeover of systems was invisible to our pharmacy staff and users - our expectations were excelled on the day.

"This upgrade means that we can now fully support Scan4Safety, and we can also achieve dm+d compliance, all of which will be a great benefit for the trust and the wider health economy.”

Duane Lawrence, managing director of secondary care at EMIS Health, commented: “It’s always great to hear when a go-live runs as smoothly as it did at North Tees – but what’s even more exciting to see is the positive impact that these changes will truly make for the trust and for the industry moving forward. We look forward to working with North Tees on the next stage of the project.”