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Humber NHS Trust digitises mental health prescribing


Mark Say Managing Editor

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Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust has gone live with a new digital approach to prescribing and administering medicines for mental health treatments.

It has become the first trust in the country to use the DXC Technology electronic prescribing and medication management (ePMA) component of the Lorenzo electronic patient record.

The system has been implemented at more than 70 sites over Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire to meet the specific needs of mental health services at the multi-speciality health and social care provider.

DXC pointed to the example of controlled medicines, for which the system now automatically requires users with the appropriate authority to enter a passcode to demonstrate that medicine administration has been appropriately witnessed.

Patient safety

Dr John Byrne, executive medical director at Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This is an important step for patient safety and for us as an organisation. Doctors can now log in and prescribe immediately at any time of the day or night, without the need to travel for up to an hour between our sites.

“Nurses administering medicines have much easier access to information, allowing them to see at a glance which patients are due their medication, and to more easily and more safely manage medicines for patients with mental ill health.”

The trust’s off-site pharmacy partner, LloydsPharmacy, also has direct access to the system, enabling staff to access the information they need directly from community locations.

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