NHS Kernow is up for a prestigious award for rolling out cutting-edge technology to improve patient care and safety.

NHS Kernow has deployed Microtest’s Guru in urgent care and acute settings across Cornwall to give clinicians immediate access todetailed electronic patient records to enhance treatment and care.

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust’s pharmacy has used the technology since 2013 for accurate and up-to-date clinical medication history information to help get appropriate medication to patients as quickly as possible – and this has now been extended to give clinical staff there 24-hours a day access, providing faster intervention by healthcare workers and a safer patient pathway.

This work has seen NHS Kernow shortlisted as a finalist in the E Health Insider Awards 2015 for ‘best use of IT to support clinical treatment and care’ for deploying the technology for joined-up healthcare across Cornwall to enhance patient safety.

Paul Jacka, Deputy Chief Finance Officer for IT at NHS Kernow, said: “NHS Kernow is pleased to see that this clinically driven program – with local NHS providers and commissioners working in partnership – has been recognised for its achievements.

“NHS Kernow will continue to roll this solution out more widely to ensure the right clinical information is at the point of care to aid patient care and safety.”

Dr Neil Davidson, Medical Director at West Cornwall Hospital, said: “West Cornwall Hospital covers a very wide area of Cornwall and has a catchment of 200,000 patients, but works outside of GP hours. For patient safety we needed to access patient records. Patients often arrive by ambulance and may forget to tell us many things about their medical history and medication. This often happened when the patient’s practice may have been closed. What I like about Guru is that it provides immediate access to patient records and is intuitive and very simple to learn. Almost every day I have a ‘success story’. We were able to treat someone straightaway as we had access to an ECG on their GP patient record. It is saving us time that can be better spent treating someone, and it is often the sickest patients that benefit the most.”

Chris Netherton, Managing Director of Microtest, said: “We are delighted to have been able to work with NHS Kernow to enable Guru to deliver benefits to both patients and clinicians across the many care settings in Cornwall. NHS Kernow being shortlisted for this well respected award is praise indeed for those that have worked tirelessly to make this happen.”

The final award winners will be announced on 1 October at the EHI Awards ceremony in London.

Microtest provides flexible clinical solutions across the primary care sector and is one of the UK’s top four GP system suppliers.  With over 30 years’ experience of developing clinical systems for primary care, Microtest has built up a loyal customer base who depend on their  integrated solutions and excellent customer care to better serve their patients. (www.microtest.co.uk).   For further information, please contact Chris Netherton of Microtest on 0845 345 1606 or Suzie Creighton of Castlegate on  0772 999 3721 or suzie@castlegatecommunications.co.uk

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