Patient administration system supports staff and patients amid coronavirus pandemic
Services at the new Nightingale Hospital set to open at Harrogate Convention Centre will be underpinned by one of the country’s leading Patient Administration Systems (PAS) designed specifically for the NHS.
Silverlink will support the new 500-bed hospital during the pandemic by providing its PCS PAS to admit patients and track them across beds, bays and wards, as well as providing simple integration with additional clinical systems that will be implemented to monitor capacity and support patient care.
The decision to choose Silverlink was made by Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust last week and was largely based on the benefits of using a system that has been successfully deployed by the trust for more than 20 years.
COVID-19 has meant that the NHS is facing an unprecedented logistical, financial and clinical challenge, and we believe that technology needs to be simple to use and easy to deploy with high-quality product support to help relieve some of the burden
By extending the existing system, not only will healthcare professionals be able to admit new patients from across Yorkshire and the Humber; but access underlying data about patients from across Harrogate.
In addition, the Nightingale will be able to draw on the existing skills local healthcare management teams have built up following decades of using the system, as well as ensuring all the staff involved in patient care will need little, or no, training.
The technology, which is one of the most-widely-used PAS in the NHS, is currently installed at 13 acute trusts, covering over 50 hospitals and supporting 15 million patients in the UK.
Silverlink has taken the decision to provide the extended use of its solution free of charge for at least three months in order to support the NHS during the unprecedented demand on services.
Tim Quainton, managing director, said: “The Nightingale Hospital is being delivered at pace, so the requirement to have a safe, reliable, trusted and proven system in place immediately to support staff during this time of crisis is absolutely paramount.
“COVID-19 has meant that the NHS is facing an unprecedented logistical, financial and clinical challenge, and we believe that technology needs to be simple to use and easy to deploy with high-quality product support to help relieve some of the burden.”