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NHS Blood and Transplant pilot scheme comes to Royal Bournemouth Hospital

15th November 2012

A pilot scheme which could transform the way blood stocks are maintained and delivered in hospitals is being launched at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital (RBH) today.

The scheme is being trialled by NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT), in partnership with just three hospitals in the country. Using electronic blood tracking systems already in place in some hospitals the pilot will allow NHSBT to test a new way of working which may:

  • Enable NHSBT to monitor hospital stock levels on a live basis and provide automatic optimum top up deliveries of blood and blood products – ensuring we always have enough to meet our patients needs
  • Enable NHSBT to send an automatic delivery note with all details of the blood stocks being supplied to the RBH, reducing paperwork for hospital staff
  • Lower hospital costs associated with unnecessary deliveries or out dating of blood and blood products, by improving stock control
  • Streamline the process from donor to patient with full electronic blood tracking for the first time, allowing NHSBT to see when a donor’s blood has been used

Lynda Hamlyn, Chief Executive at NHS Blood and Transplant, said:

"We are delighted to be working in partnership with the RBH for this pilot which heralds a new era of integrated working. This scheme is all about improving our interfaces with NHS hospitals so that we understand their needs and provide services that are as accessible and effective as possible"

The pilot is the first step of a key part of NHSBT’s five–year strategy to further improve and modernise the blood service by providing an even better service for donors, patients and the NHS.

Tony Spotswood, Chief Executive, at RBH, said: "We were one of the first NHS hospitals in the country to install electronic blood tracking in 2007. This project is a natural extension of our existing successful system which uses bar–coded patient wristbands, hand held devices and the labelling of patient blood samples. All of these help manage any transfusion in a safe and controlled manner."

Since 2009 NHSBT has made major reductions in its costs – saving the NHS £34m a year – money that can instead be spent on care and treatment for patients.

Julie Johnson, Transfusion Service Co-ordinator, using electronic blood tracking equipment

Photo: Julie Johnson, Transfusion Service Co-ordinator, using electronic blood tracking equipment.

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