Dawn of electronic patient records in maternity

Life is going to be made easier for new and expectant mothers thanks to the electronic patient record system being introduced to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Electronic patient records are being introduced to the hospital’s maternity department, which will mean patients, midwives and GPs are able to access and update patient records in real time thanks to the BadgerNet system. It is being rolled out from Tuesday, March 7.

This system and its associated app are the latest developments to the hospital’s maternity services, which includes the creation of the Midwife-Led Waterlily Birth Centre.

Director of Nursing Emma Hardwick said: “Electronic patient records are an important development within our maternity services and will make a big difference to patients and staff.

“This new technology is going to save expectant and new mothers from carrying an assortment of paper to their appointments along with giving clinicians from different organisations access to up-to-date records.

“Over the last 18 months we have invested heavily in the maternity services to provide women with greater choice. We have created the popular Waterlily Birth Centre along with introducing the Midwife Led Pathway and the Home Birth Service.”

The BadgerNet System will allow women to read and update their records along with providing access to local GPs.

Another benefit of the system is that other care providers will be able to access records, with patient permission. This could be useful if the woman has issues with her pregnancy while on holiday.

Women who go into labour or have antenatal or postnatal appointments from March 7 will be given access to this system.

Divisional Head of Women and Children’s Services Lesley Deacon said: “This new system is going to give women better access and control of their records.

“Electronic records will make the department paperlight initially but our ultimate aim is to become paperless in the future.

“Our staff are getting to grips with the BadgerNet system but during the transitional period, appointments may run a little later than normal so we ask for everyone’s patience.

“My team and I are passionate about providing women with greater choice during their pregnancy.”

                                                         —ENDS—

 Pictured is Central Delivery Suite Midwife Coordinator Amy Weston with the new system.

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