In readiness for the opening of The Grange University Hospital in November 2020, hospitals in Aneurin Bevan University Health Board are the first in Wales to implement a new pharmacy system as part of a major plan to modernise pharmacy and prescribing.
The modern pharmacy system offers a more efficient and consistent way of working across hospitals in Wales. The system links medication dispensing and usage data by using nationally recognised standards, allowing for a more comprehensive, real-time view of information. This marks the first step in the journey to implement national electronic prescribing and medicines administration.
Colin Powell, Chief Pharmacist - Acute Services at Aneurin Bevan, said “This will be a new way of working for hospital pharmacy, with improved data and reporting to shape future services.”
The system, developed by WellSky, is designed to improve the accuracy of computerised dispensing and medicines stock management. Replacing 30-year-old software, the system will provide better performance, greater reliability and more efficient medicines management. It will also improve the clarity of data recorded, ensuring further compliance with national governance, meaning safer and more consistent patient care.
The NHS Wales Informatics Service, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board and WellSky will implement the system at the Royal Gwent Hospital, Nevill Hall Hospital, Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr, The Grange University Hospital and Ysbyty Aneurin Bevan from 9th November 2020. The rollout of this system to the remaining health boards will continue through 2020 until July 2021.
First published: 09/11/20