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Lorenzo to go Live in UHMBT Maternity Departments

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT) will become the first acute Trust in England to use Lorenzo – an electronic patient record system – in a Maternity Department setting when it goes live at Furness General Hospital, the Royal Lancaster Infirmary and Westmorland General Hospital on Monday 8 July.
Lorenzo will change the way the Trust keeps patient records from being largely paper-based to a brand new electronic health record – a major step forward for patient safety. The system gives the staff treating a patient access to constantly updated information wherever and whenever it is needed, regardless of which of the Trust’s hospitals they are in.
Lorenzo went live across the majority of the Trust’s wards and departments in June 2010, and then at the two Emergency Departments in May and November 2012. The module that is about to go live in the Maternity Departments has been designed specifically for the maternity environment and offers some very specific benefits for staff and patients. These include:
Electronic patient records give staff up-to-date information wherever and whenever it is needed Patient information will be more secure and confidential. Staff can only see a patient’s information if it is relevant to their job Patient electronic patient records will be instantly accessible across all of the Trust’s hospitals, meaning staff will have all the details they need about the patient at hand, including any relevant medical history and all test results The Trust will be able to offer a safer service, carry out fewer duplicate investigations and reduce the number of avoidable admissions to hospital Patients can be confident that staff can see what they need to know to give them the best possible care Quicker discharge from hospital GPs will get a more detailed discharge summary of the care received whilst in hospital More personal care. Doctors and nurses will have a more complete picture of a patient’s health, therefore be able to provide the most relevant care
George Nasmyth, Medical Director, UHMBT, said: “Making sure our doctors and nurses have the most up to date and relevant information on hand when they treat a patient is crucial to ensure we offer the best possible care to our local communities.
“Lorenzo enables the sharing of this information across our hospitals meaning that patient care becomes more personal and safer – both of which are extremely important.”
Lorenzo will replace the current system, Evolution, at all three of the Maternity Departments in the evening of Monday 8 July. The rollout has been planned not only to ensure minimum disruption to patient care, but also to make the changeover as easy as possible for our staff.
However, as with the introduction of any new computer system, women and families may experience some slight delays when booking in at the reception desk. This will only be for a short time and there will be no delays to the time it takes to see a member of clinical staff.
There will be a technical team on hand 24/7 to make the transition as smooth as possible and help staff with any issues they may have.
George Nasmyth, continues: “Lorenzo will deliver some real benefits for patients and staff. To start with however, women and families may experience a slight delay at the reception desk. We learnt a lot from the implementation of the system across the rest of the hospitals and have put sufficient support on hand for staff to ensure that any delay is as short as it possibly can be.
“I would like to thank the public and our staff in advance for their patience and cooperation.”
Steve Fairclough, Head of Health Informatics, UHMBT, said: “We have been working hard with our doctors, nurses and support staff to make sure that Lorenzo works the way we want it.
“With the launch of any new computer system, you expect to encounter teething problems that only appear after go-live. We have a team of people on site 24 hours a day who are appropriately equipped and experienced to both identify and fix any that may appear.”