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06 March 2014 at 10:13

iPads and iPods will soon be as common as stethoscopes and bandages on wards at Southport and Ormskirk hospitals.

That’s because staff are celebrating an award of nearly £1m which will use the Apple hand-held computers to improve patient care.

The Trust is one of 75 English NHS trusts to share in the £100m Nursing Technology Fund announced by the Prime Minister, David Cameron,lastyear.

The £986,000 award to Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust will fund an award-winning patient observation system.

VitalPAC enables doctors and nurses to record clinical data on hand-held computers such as iPods at the bedside, analyse it instantly, and automatically summon timely and appropriate help when needed.

Research conducted for the NHS at hospitals where VitalPAC is used shows a reduction in hospital deaths, more patients going home earlier and fewer admitted to intensive care (1).

Director of Nursing and Quality Liz Yates said: “Patient observations such as temperature and blood pressure readings have always been taken and then recorded on paper.

“The advantage of this system is thatchanges will be picked up immediately and automatically alert staff to take action. This will reduce response time and ensure faster intervention thereby reducing possible complications.”

The new system is expected to be rolled out later this year.

Issued by Tony Ellis, marketing and communications manager
Southport and OrmskirkHospital NHS Trust

Telephone 01704 704494

Notes for editors

1. VitalPAC Clinical Software System. The Learning Clinic LTd for NHS Technology Adoption Centre

2. Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust manages Southport and FormbyDistrictGeneralHospital and Ormskirk and DistrictGeneralHospital, and is responsible for many community healthcare services for adults in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire. We have a budget of £181m and employ 3,300 staff. In 2012/13, our staff saw 247,605 outpatients; treated 60,635 inpatients; supported the birth of 3,043 babies; and attended to 98,163 urgent care cases.