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The dietetic team at The Royal Oldham Hospital is going digital this week, as part of the Global Digital Exemplar (GDE) Fast Follower programme.
The project involves the standardising and digitising of dietetic documentation in order to reduce paper and improve patient safety and flow and will launch in August 2019 at The Royal Oldham Hospital, which is part of the Northern Care Alliance (NCA).
Once fully rolled out, this piece of work aims to reduce the manual recording and duplication of dietetic forms and processes. This will involve introducing document template forms into one structured dietetic clinical note which will be readily available to other disciplines and filed within the electronic patient record.
The dietetic team, based at The Royal Oldham Hospital currently receive on average, 180 adult referrals per month. Although these referrals arrive electronically, they are currently manually processed so the projects will significantly reduce the amount of manual transcribing by members of the team.
Nicola Bielby, Site Lead for Dietetics at The Royal Oldham Hospital, said: “Sometimes, during and after a consultation with a patient, we may have to manually complete several different forms. These often involve entering information twice and searching for information. This can be very time consuming. We’re really looking forward to being able to complete this so much more quickly, enabling us to spend more time with our patients.”
Once discharged, dietetic notes will be pulled together electronically and forwarded to the relevant health and care provider. This will reduce the amount of time it takes to process paper work for these patients and streamline the dietetic pathway. It will also reduce the need to store dietetic paper records within the department.
Dr Georges Ng Man Kwong, Chief Clinical Information Officer, said: “Digitising our clinical pathways will streamline patient care in a number of specialties and really make a difference to both staff and patients. This is one of a number of projects within the GDE Fast Follower programme, which will support the transformation of our clinical services across the Northern Care Alliance.”
Under the umbrella of the Northern Care Alliance, Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust has partnered with Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust to become Manchester’s first GDE Fast Follower Organisation.
Each Global Digital Exemplar (GDE) has selected trusts to partner with to accelerate their digital maturing, adopt standard methodologies and processes. GDE Fast Followers are supported by NHS England funding and will enable GDEs to establish proven models that can be rolled out across the NHS more broadly.