The Trust's cancer patients will benefit from a new prescribing system which is being introduced here, at Walsall Manor Hospital.
The Chemocare system, which will ultimately see a move to paperless prescriptions, has been developed to improve the efficiency of the chemotherapy service for patients and staff. The aim is to reduce potential prescribing errors and ultimately make the prescribing process safer and faster for all involved.
“Chemocare will reduce the risk of prescriptions being lost, as they will be saved electronically,” explained Dawn Johnson, Lead Chemocare Nurse within Walsall healthcare NHS Trust.
Consultants, chemotherapy nurses and the pharmacy department will be able to follow the audit trail of prescription additions, deletions and changes by all staff members using the software.
The new system will be rolled out across the Trust’s Haematology Services this Spring.
Glen Tsang, Lead Informatics Pharmacist for the Trust, said: “Chemocare will help consultants decide on treatment options as well as being able to have access to other elements of patients’ individual care records, such as pathology.”
The system is due to go live on 10th February with Dr Shan Cheti, Respiratory/Renal Oncologist being the first consultant to pilot it over 6 weeks. The system will be rolled out to other consultants in Oncology every two weeks thereafter.
Glen added: “The system will ultimately provide chemotherapy patients with assurances that we are striving to provide a safer and more efficient way of delivering the Oncology and Haematology services. They will have assurances that the prescriptions will be more legible.
“Patient data will be secure and we will not share this with any third party companies unless it directly affects their treatment. Patients will be notified about this change, if it occurs.
“We’re also asking our patients to please bear with us during this time. Clinics may be slightly delayed due to staff members getting used to the Chemocare system and we apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.”