Maternity records system launched

Royal Lancaster Infirmary.'The original old building.
Royal Lancaster Infirmary.'The original old building.
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University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT) has become the first acute Trust in England to use an electronic patient record system in a maternity department setting.

Lorenzo went live at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary, Furness General Hospital and Westmorland General Hospital on Monday, July 8.

Lorenzo will change the way the Trust keeps patient records from being largely paper-based to a brand new electronic health record.

The system gives the staff treating a patient access to constantly updated information wherever and whenever it is needed, regardless of which of the Trust’s hospitals they are in.

Lorenzo went live across the majority of the Trust’s wards and departments in June 2010, and then at the two Emergency Departments in May and November 2012.

The module designed specifically for the maternity environment and offers some very specific

benefits for staff and patients. These include:

Electronic patient records give staff up-to-date information wherever and whenever it is needed

Patient information will be more secure and confidential. Staff can only see a patient’s information if it is relevant to their job.

Patient electronic patient records will be instantly accessible across all of the Trust’s hospitals, meaning staff will have all the details they need about the patient at hand, including any relevant medical history and all test results.

The Trust will be able to offer a safer service, carry out fewer duplicate investigations and reduce the number of avoidable admissions to hospital.

More personal care. Doctors and nurses will have a more complete picture of

a patient’s health, therefore be able to provide the most relevant care.

George Nasmyth, Medical Director, UHMBT, said: “Making sure our doctors and nurses have the most up to date and relevant information on hand when they treat a patient is crucial to ensure we offer the best possible care to our local communities.

“Lorenzo enables the sharing of this information across our hospitals meaning that

patient care becomes more personal and safer – both of which are extremely


Steve Fairclough, Head of Health Informatics, UHMBT, said: “We have been working hard with our doctors, nurses and support staff to make sure that Lorenzo works the way we want it.”