Salisbury NHS Trust expands Wi-Fi network to support bedside care

Antony Savvas

Salisbury NHS Trust expands Wi-Fi network to support bedside care

Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust is expanding its Wi-Fi network across its site.

The Trust has had a wireless network in place in the accident and emergency department for the past three years, but it says this latest solution will make it one of the first hospitals in the UK to have wireless capabilities across its entire site.

The new solution will enable systems to be taken directly to the point of care in the form of individual mobile devices, allowing nurses and doctors to take electronic patient notes and input them directly into the system at the patient's bedside.

This will save time, reduce paperwork and improve data accuracy. It will also improve administration efficiency through real time admission, transfer and discharge of patients and day-to-day bed availability tracking, said the Trust.

The solution implemented by Alfred McAlpine - IT Services is also capable of supporting technologies such as IP telephony and Radio Frequency Identification in the future.

Peter Russell, head of IT at Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust, said, "The processes that we will now be able to implement across all departments will transform the way our staff work and importantly allow us to provide patients with a more efficient service and the highest standard of care."

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