Patients and healthcare workers in Rotherham are set to benefit
from a £750k investment in technology to introduce a new electronic
The Health Minister Stephen Hammond, recently announced that
The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust is one of an initial group of 13 Trusts who
are receiving a share of £78million national funding. This will speed up the
introduction of technology which aims to improve patient safety and provide
better quality care.
The new electronic system, known as electronic Prescribing
and Medicines Administration (ePMA), will see a move from hand written
prescriptions to electronic prescriptions and will help greatly with reducing
medication errors. It will improve access to information on prescribed
medication, at the point of patient care. It will support with choice of best medicines
for the clinical condition, for the patient and for the NHS in terms of cost.
It will also ensure greater consistency between primary and secondary care
Health Minister Stephen Hammond said: “As part of the
long-term plan for the NHS, we not only want to harness technology to make it
one of the most advanced healthcare systems in the world, but crucially to
improve patient care.
“The funding provided for these trusts will help to drive
these changes to the patient experience, but will also aid our hard-working and
“The introduction of electronic prescribing is not only
known to reduce medication errors, but also frees up time for staff by moving
away from archaic paper-based systems.”
Dr Callum Gardner, Interim Medical Director at The Rotherham
NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This funding will enable us to continue improving
the care and services we provide to our patients, whilst ensuring they are as
safe and effective as possible.
“The new system will also see wider benefits being felt
across our organisation with improved processes being implemented which will
free up health workers’ time which can be spent looking after our patients.”
The Trust has committed to the aim of having 80% of
inpatient prescribing and administration electronic by 2020.