Doctors will get new computer tablets thanks to £800k grant

Hemel Hempstead's Urgent Care Centre
Hemel Hempstead's Urgent Care Centre

Part of a hospital trust’s £800,000 grant will let medical staff go hi-tech at patients’ besides.

West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust is using the £819,910 from the government to invest in patient safety at Watford, St Albans and Hemel Hempstead hospitals.

Some of the cash will buy doctors, nurses and other clinical staff computer tablets.

They will be able to access to all the patient’s information while at the bedside, including test results.

Another part of the grant will purchase portable monitoring machines, known as cardiotocographs, for the hospitals’ maternity departments.

This means women and their babies can be safely monitored during labour even when they are mobile.

The machine measures the baby’s heart rate and mother’s contractions, letting doctors know whether any intervention is required without the need for the mother to lie down in bed.

Lastly, the Trust’s Medical Education Centre will also get a brand new simulation unit.

This technology will train clinical staff to manage critical emergencies using computer generated mannequins and cameras, which mimic real-life scenarios.

Medical director Dr Mike Van Der Watt said: “We are extremely pleased to have been successful in our bid for funding for these very important patient safety initiatives.

“The money will be spent on projects which will help our staff work more efficiently and safely and thereby bring real benefits to our patients.”