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Tablets of electronic kind at Sussex hospitals
9:10am Saturday 23rd February 2013 in News
Electronic tablets are being used to help dispense tablets of the more usual kind to hospital patients.
The hand-held computers have been introduced to the pharmacy departments at Eastbourne District General Hospital and Conquest Hospital in St Leonards.
The tablets can be taken out to the wards by pharmacy staff, allowing them to check and confirm the medication that a patient is taking and order the drugs requested.
This has helped cut the time it takes for drugs to be dispensed to patients on wards.
The trust is one of the first to implement this system and is now being visited by other hospitals considering doing the same.
Using the devices, pharmacy staff can talk to the patient about their medicines, check the medication a patient has been prescribed by their GP and what they have been prescribed in hospital while at the patient’s bedside.
They can also see what medication a patient has been prescribed on previous stays in hospital.
Pharmacy operations manager Amanda Isted said: “The benefit to patients from this technology is that it provides all pharmacy staff with full patient medication details even when they are not present on the ward, ensuring safe and appropriate use.
“By being at the patient bedside there is more interaction and staff can respond to questions the patient may have about their medication.”
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