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VIDEO: Patients To Be Given Barcodes In Hospital

VIDEO: Patients To Be Given Barcodes In Hospital

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 6:04am 29th March 2016. (Updated at 4:05pm 29th March 2016)

Cornish patients are going to be barcoded and scanned - to improve safety.

Treliske and Derriford are getting millions of pounds from the government to roll out the system.

Officials say it will make it easier to see who has had what treatment - and what supplies have been used.

Iain Davidson from the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust told the Plymouth Evening Herald: "It is great to be at the forefront of innovation in the NHS and at Royal Cornwall Hospitals we want to be leading the way in patient safety as well as spending our money more effectively.

"With medicines and devices there are huge benefits to linking these products to specific patients, clinicians and locations to help better manage product recalls, stock holdings and purchasing."

The Department of Health has chosen six trusts, to introduce the new standards known as GS1 and PEPPOL (Pan European Public Procurement Online). Each are getting around £2m to roll out the barcode scheme.

Mr Davidson said: "The potential safety and efficiency benefits for the NHS in using GS1 and PEPPOL standards are well evidenced in other sectors and will be significant whether you are a surgeon, a pharmacist or a caterer.

"We are delighted that Royal Cornwall Hospitals has been awarded £2.2 million to be an early adopter and look forward to sharing our progress with other NHS organisations."

Sarah Newton MP for Truro and Falmouth said: "I am delighted that Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust has received funding from the Department of Health to improve patient safety and efficiency.

"All the local MPs supported the Trust's bid and it is great that Cornwall is going to be at the forefront of innovation in the NHS.

"I know the Department of Health and partner NHS organisations are going to work with the trust to ensure the local community gets the maximum benefit from this project."

Take a look at how the system works here...

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