Posted on June 18, 2015

Award nomination for South Yorkshire trusts

NHS hospital trusts in South Yorkshire are being considered for a national award. The group of seven NHS trusts all use state-of-the-art technology that allows test reports to be accessed and shared quickly and easily. The trusts have been combining efforts under a programme called Working Together, which covers trusts in the South Yorkshire, Mid Yorkshire and North Derbyshire regions. The group has been nominated for the Health Service Journal Value Award in Healthcare, which is a prestigious UK-wide award. The trusts involved in the Working Together project are the Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust. The new IT system was rolled out to 15 different hospitals and enables GPs and different hospitals to see all test results for a patient, reducing the need for duplicating tests and saving time and money in the long term; for example, doctors in an A&E department can access data on tests ordered by GPs and vice versa. Integrated paperless systems have been on the NHS agenda for some time. The director of Working Together, Janette Watkins, said that the programme wants to change the way in which systems and processes are used and that this particular programme can be used to help 2.3 million patients in the region. She has welcomed the news that the group of trusts has been shortlisted for the award.
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