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Hospital trust launches app for ‘paperless’ ward assessments

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Ward staff at Weston General Hospital in Somerset are switching to smartphone-based technology to communicate patient details and replace its old paper-based system for ward assessments.

Weston Area Health NHS Trust, which runs the hospital, has teamed up with the firm Perfect Ward to implement an “easy-to-use app, which uses technology to simplify ward assessments”.

“Our nurses were struggling with high levels of administration”

Sally Matravers

The app, which will be used primarily by nurses, will allow staff to collate ward inspections on their smartphones or tablets that can be shared with colleagues and provide instant feedback.

The technology will also eliminate time-consuming administration – helping to improve quality and overall patient care, according to the trust.

London Ambulance Service NHS Trust, Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and The Royal Buckinghamshire Hospital are already using the same firm’s technology.

Sally Matravers, associate director of nursing at Weston Area Health, said: “We are always looking for ways to improve the efficiency of our operations. We’re incredibly excited to be adopting Perfect Ward as we move away from paper in-line with Department of Health objectives.

“Our nurses were struggling with high levels of administration which can sometimes make it more difficult to immediately see what is working well and what needs to improve,” she said.

“The Perfect Ward app, which is incredibly straight forward to use, makes the process easy for our nurses, saves us time and improves the detail and quality of our inspections,” she added.

Karen West, head of business development at Perfect Ward, said: “We are delighted to have been chosen by Weston Area Health NHS Trust to help them improve their quality audits.”

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