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Four innovative schemes selected as finalists for prestigious national awards!

Published 22/05/2015

Staff at Derby Teaching Hospitals are celebrating more good news, with the announcement that four of our innovative schemes have been selected as finalists for prestigious national awards.

The four Derby projects are finalists in the Health Services Journal ‘Value in Healthcare Awards’. The news comes in the same week that the Royal Derby Hospital’s A&E won a national award for its ‘excellence in accident and emergency care.’ 

The shortlisted projects include two nominations for a scheme to help encourage more doctors and nurses to come and work in the city’s A&E department. The scheme, which focuses on providing attractive career paths and innovative training for emergency staff, is now being rolled out nationally. 

Another Derby ‘first’ to be shortlisted involves using supermarket barcode technology to make operations safer and more efficient.  The unique Derby system uses a barcode scanner to read the product label on every piece of software used in an operation, uniquely linking this to the patient’s wristband. The result is a scanning system which builds a detailed profile of each patient’s operation, providing for the first time a full account of each individual procedure: what was done, what was used and how long it all took. The scanning system saved the Trust £75,000 in its first five months of use.

The opening of a new unit at the Royal Derby Hospital has also been shortlisted. The Elective Procedures Unit is a 24-bed area for surgical and medical patients expected to need only one night’s hospital stay. In its first six months, the EPU treated 2,500 patients, with 85% of them able to leave hospital before 10.30am.  The unit has cut the number of cancelled procedures.

Last Modified 22/05/2015