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Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS trust goes live with Allscripts EPR

The Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS trust has deployed the Sunrise electronic patient record system from US supplier Allscripts

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust has gone live with an electronic patient record system (EPR) from Allscripts.

The trust deployed the Sunrise system on 28 June, having spent 18 months preparing, building and testing the system after signing a contract with Allscripts in 2014.

Sunrise will gradually go live across the trust’s five hospital sites. It was up and running in Wigan Infirmary’s A&E department first, with the outpatients departments scheduled for the following week. Trust chief executive Andrew Foster said he expected use of the system “to slowly trickle down to the rest of the hospital”.

The trust is the third in the UK to go live with the system from the US-based supplier.

Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust was the first UK trust to deploy Sunrise, followed by Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust plans to deploy the system early next year.

Stephen Dobson, associate director of information management and technology at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh, said the trust is putting in place processes “to ensure that our patients face least amount of difficulty and delay in their care while the staff are still getting used to working on the new system”.

He cautioned: “However, due to the scale of the project, we imagine the first few weeks to be intense. We request our patients to bear with us during this period as we take on this huge step to support the delivery of safer, faster and more efficient care.”

Staff at the trust will get 24/7 support for the first two weeks, with a command and control centre set up at one of the hospital sites. The other Allscripts trusts in the region – South Manchester, Liverpool Heart and Chest and Salford Royal – will also be sending staff to support the go-live. 

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