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Global award for Derby Teaching Hospitals innovation

Published 28/10/2015

A simple idea which has been transforming surgery at Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, has been honoured in a global award scheme.

A team from the Royal Derby Hospital have improved patient safety and efficiency and saved more than £120,000 since they introduced a barcode scanner to track medical equipment used in operating theatres.

The hospital is the first in the country to use barcode technology to identify each individual patient and create a record of their operation. It shows exactly which hospital staff were in theatre, how long the operation took, precisely what equipment was used and how much it all cost.

The innovation, which uses GS1 technology, has already won several major national awards, but it has now gained further recognition through the GS1 Healthcare Provider Best Case Study Award.

Kevin Downs, Director of Finance and Performance at Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are very pleased to win this award, which demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the adoption of GS1 standards. Having worked in the retail industry, I understand the value of GS1 standards and how they can transform the procurement, inventory management and supply chain efficiency of the healthcare industry – and can also improve patient safety, and reduce costs at the same time, whilst providing real management information to address clinical variation.”

The award was handed out during a conference in Budapest. Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was also recognised for the introduction of an inventory management system across its theatres.

Derby Teaching Hospitals is one of 12 hospitals in the UK shortlisted by the Department of Health as a potential ‘demonstrator site’ to showcase the benefits of a national rollout of this barcode numbering system across the NHS.






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