University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

Dr Patrick Musto, Consultant Anaesthetist, Leicester General Hospital

Hospital overview

The University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust is among the largest and busiest National Health Service (NHS) trusts in the United Kingdom, incorporating the Leicester General, Glenfield and Royal Infirmary hospitals. Employing around 12,000 staff, the three hospitals provide services for the people of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

The University Hospitals of Leicester include training and research facilities that operate in partnership with the University of Leicester, the De Montfort University and the various schools of the Royal Colleges.

The hospitals are on the forefront of many research programs and new surgical procedures in areas such as diabetes, genetics, cancer and cardio-respiratory diseases.

Leicester General Hospital has 430 beds and provides a range of medical services including nephrology and urology.

Glenfield Hospital has 415 beds and provides various medical services including those related to heart disease, lung cancer and breast care.

Leicester Royal Infirmary has 890 beds and provides the largest accident and emergency service in the country.

Client: University Hospitals of Leicester National Health Service Trust: Leicester General Hospital and Glenfield Hospital
(Public Sector)
Implementation: April 2015
Modules: Induction, IntraOp, PACU, PreOp, Analytics, Chronology and Admin
Location: Leicester, East Midlands, United Kingdom
Induction Bays: 8
Operating Theatres: 7
Post Anaesthetic Care Units: 19

The hospitals’ challenge

In 2014 the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust developed a 5-year strategy aimed at providing effective patient care with ever improving outcomes.

Key objectives included reducing the risk of patient care errors, treating patients with the compassion and respect, and achieving a smarter, more specialised and financially sustainable Trust.

A key directive is to replace existing paper patient notes with an electronic patient record by 2016.

The University Hospitals of Leicester identified that the Getz Clinical Cloud solution could provide early outcomes in this area in the perioperative environment.

Getz Clinical solution

In April 2015 Leicester General Hospital installed Getz Clinical Cloud in their orthopaedics division and became the first hospital in the United Kingdom to implement a cloud computing-based perioperative information management system.

The implementation was completed in a record 84 days demonstrating how the public health sector and private business can work together to bring quick improvements in patient care while simultaneously reducing the pressure on hospital staff.

Implementation included training, installation of Getz Touch medical grade devices to access IntraOp, Induction and PACU modules in theatres, induction bays and in recovery bays, and interfacing with the hospital’s ORMIS information management system.

Patient data is securely maintained on data centres in the Republic of Ireland.

In addition, eight Getz Touch devices were also installed in recovery bays at Glenfield Hospital.

Once operational, clinicians found that Getz Clinical Cloud provided the right information in a timely manner across hospital teams.

In the 10 months since implementation, Getz Clinical Cloud has recorded patient data from 8,000 sessions, captured 31 million patient vitals and processed 4.4 million HL7 messages.

The hospitals now have the capacity to analyse trends in the performance of their operating theatres and drill down to the root causes.

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