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Learning from practice: how East Lancashire hospitals' pharmacy service has embraced information technology

Gray, Alistair, Mackie, Clare, Price, William, Coupe, Emma, Holgate, Susan, Watson, Emma, Eatough, John, Fletcher, Neil, Hodson, Karen and Mantzourani, Efi 2020. Learning from practice: how East Lancashire hospitals' pharmacy service has embraced information technology. Pharmacy 8 (4) , 177. 10.3390/pharmacy8040177

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Abstract

The ethos of the pharmacy service at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT) could be described as ‘let’s make things better’. We have a history of innovation involving technology and people; one without the other does not work but together they are synergistic. The Trust currently does not have an electronic patient record (ePR) or electronic prescribing and medicines administration (ePMA), although we do have electronic prescribing for chemotherapy. However, like all Trusts, we have many electronic systems which offer interoperability, or can support making it easier for the pharmacy team to do a good job. This article describes the many fronts we have worked on over the last ten plus years. Taken individually, the elements cannot be considered as revolutionary; together, they have helped us develop and deliver the safe, personal and effective pharmacy service that we call dedicated ward pharmacy.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Pharmacy
Publisher: MDPI
ISSN: 2226-4787
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 1 October 2020
Date of Acceptance: 23 September 2020
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2020 14:30
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/135245

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