Salisbury NHS trust eyes benefits from wireless network

Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust has chosen Alfred McAlpine – IT Services to design, install and maintain a new Cisco wireless local area network (WLAN) at Salisbury District Hospital.

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Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust has chosen Alfred McAlpine – IT Services to design, install and maintain a new Cisco wireless local area network (WLAN) at Salisbury District Hospital.

The trust has had a wireless network in place in the accident and emergency department for the past three years, but the planned new WLAN will give it wireless capabilities across its entire site.

The network will enable nurses and doctors to take electronic patient notes and input them directly into the system at the patient’s bedside on a mobile device, which will save time, reduce paperwork and improve data accuracy.

The system should also improve administration efficiency through real time admission, transfer and discharge of patients and day-to-day bed availability tracking.

The wireless network will also allow the doctors at Salisbury to directly discuss important items in the patient’s record wherever the patient is.

The Alfred McAlpine-installed network will also suport future technologies such as IP telephony and radio frequency identification (RFID) tags that are expected to used in due course for blood tracking and asset management.

Peter Russell, head of IT at the trust, said Alfred McAlpine had been chosen “because of its track record in the healthcare market” and its understanding of the trust’s specific needs.

“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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