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Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust to roll out full EPR


Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust is planning to begin the deployment of an electronic patient record (EPR) following the choice of Allscripts Sunrise platforms for emergency and surgical care.

The trust, which runs two major hospitals and is a regional cancer centre, already uses the Allscripts patient administration system, following a go-live in October last year. It will now roll-out the Sunrise clinical suite in a phased deployment that is likely to start next autumn.

The move reflects Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells’s commitment to rolling out a full EPR, including order communications and test results, e-prescribing, clinical documents, and Sunrise Mobile Care. It plans to deploy Sunrise Emergency Care in its A&E department and Sunrise Surgical Care in theatres.

Trust chief executive Miles Scott said: “My ambition for the trust is to deliver outstanding staff and patient experience. Sunrise will support that by giving clinicians the information they need to deliver excellent patient care.

“At the same time, investment in digital solutions will give us the data we need to respond to the demand and financial pressures we are facing.”

Director of IT Michael Beckett said the trust’s deployment of the Allscripts PAS made Sunrise a “natural progression” for the organisation and that: “This trust cannot meet its objectives using a best of breed solution. We need a single EPR to support users, and Allscripts is the best fit for us.”

The move is also expected to support closer working between health and care organisations in Kent.

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