Whittington Health goes live with maternity system


Medway Maternity from System C latest deployment in bid to become paperless trust

Whittington Health has gone live with a new IT system to support its maternity service.

Medway Maternity, supplied by System C, a McKesson company, was successfully launched at The Whittington Hospital on 7 May. The system will be used by 200 midwives, obstetricians and paediatricians across seven maternity wards at the hospital and at 16 community health centres in the boroughs of Islington and Haringey.

Medway Maternity forms the first part of a wider Electronic Patient Record (EPR) roll-out across Whittington Health over the next two years. The EPR will provide integrated access to information for GPs, social services and patients and is the foundation of the Trust’s IT strategy to become one of the first paperless organisations in the NHS.

Jenny Cleary, head of midwifery and the lead for women’s and children’s services at Whittington Health NHS Trust, said, “The Medway Maternity system will help improve communication with women and all those involved in their care. Clinicians will be able to access information, in real time, both from within the hospital and out in the community. Community midwives are trialling iPads to help with this new system, which has proved to be very successful. All maternity staff have been trained and the comments following training have been very positive.”

Medway Maternity was chosen for its clinical relevance, and comprehensive functionality, which will help The Whittington achieve the highest level of safety, as assessed by the National Patient Safety Authority (NPSA).

Cleary said: “Maternity services require many audits to confirm safe practice and Medway Maternity will help produce the data required for analysis, quickly and efficiently. This will allow us to demonstrate our high standards of care for women and their babies and, where necessary, highlight where improvements can be made to the clinical service.”

She added: “The system can interface to child health, radiology, results reporting and also help to reduce the amount of duplication of effort and the amount of paper used. That time saved can be time spent with the women in our care.”

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Glenn Winteringham, the trust’s director of IT, concludes: “Electronic patient records is the foundation of our IT strategy to become one of the first paperless trusts by 2015. The maternity module go-live has been very positive and gives us a lot of confidence for the scheduled go lives later this year of PAS, electronic documents (ED) and a GP Portal, with an integrated community module to go-live in late 2014.”