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WWL Launches New Health Information System

Newsdate: 28 June 2016

It’s a big day for Wrightington Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust. On Tuesday 28 June a long-planned, technology enabled, quality step change will take place when the Trust will be launching a new Health Information System (HIS) across the 5 sites: Royal Albert Edward Infirmary, Wrightington Hospital, Leigh Infirmary, Thomas Linacre Centre and Boston House.

The new system will revolutionise working practices across the Trust, ultimately resulting in all patient information being captured and reviewed electronically and groundbreaking e-prescribing function.

It’s been a relentless 18 months of building, testing and training since the contracts were signed with Allscripts in September 2014. Over 300 clinical and non-clinical staff have been involved in this massive project.
Chief executive Andrew Foster says, “It is an exciting time for the Trust and we feel quite positive about the launch of HIS.

“To make the transition to HIS least stressful, we will be going live at A&E at 8:00 am, when it is least likely to be busy.

“Thereafter, we expect use of HIS to slowly trickle down to the rest of the hospital.

“All elective patients will also be on the new system starting 8 am. This will be followed by outpatients in the following week or so.”

Staff will be provided 24/7 support for the first 2 weeks following #HISGoLive. Command and Control centre has been set up at Royal Albert Edward Infirmary to support activation. Neighbouring Trusts—Salford Royal, Liverpool Heart and Chest and University Hospital of South Manchester—will also be sending their staff to support the launch.

Stephen Dobson, Associate Director of IM&T at WWL says,

“We are putting processes in place to ensure that our patients face least amount of difficulty and delay in their care while the staff are still getting used to working on the new system.

“However, due to the scale of the project, we imagine the first few weeks to be intense. We request our patients to bear with us during this period as we take on this huge step to support the delivery of safer, faster and more efficient care.”