16 hospitals across England will receive a share of nearly £16 million to introduce electronic prescriptions.
More patients and healthcare staff will benefit from single electronic hospital patient records as 16 trusts across England receive a share of nearly £16 million to introduce e-prescribing.
These complete, single electronic records have helped improve patient safety across the NHS and save staff time, which they can spend on patients.
Instead of relying on handwritten notes and paper medicine charts, staff can now quickly access potentially life-saving information on prescribed medicines and patient history. This can also reduce medication errors by up to 30% when compared with the old paper systems.
Electronic prescribing systems have been shown to save time and money by reducing unnecessary bureaucracy. Investing in these systems will help to save money and increase productivity for the NHS overall.
Minister for Patient Safety, Nadine Dorries said:
The funding is part of a £78 million investment to achieve the NHS Long Term Plan commitment to eliminate paper prescribing in hospitals and introduce digital prescribing across the entire NHS by 2024.
Since 2018, 216 NHS trusts have received a share of this fund and the proportion of trusts with an electronic prescriptions and medicines administration (ePMA) system is expected to have risen from 19% in 2018 to more than 80% by March 2021.
Dr Paul Curley, Deputy Medical Director and Chief Clinical Information Officer at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, which received £1.6 million in 2018, said:
The 16 NHS trusts receiving the funding
|University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust||£1,213,000|
|Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust||£970,000|
|Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust||£1,423,000|
|Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust||£1,485,000|
|West London Mental Health NHS Trust||£1,308,000|
|Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust||£1,485,000|
|Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust||£96,000|
|Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust||£1,485,000|
|Somerset NHS Foundation Trust||£400,000|
|University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust||£673,000|
|Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Trust||£882,000|
|Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust||£960,000|
|Medway NHS Foundation Trust||£1,485,000|
|Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust||£342,000|
|Airedale NHS Foundation Trust||£534,000|
|Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust||£1,188,000|