NHS Nightingale Hospital goes live with early warning system

Alcidion’s Patientrack rolled out at COVID-19 field hospital in Manchester

NHS Nightingale Hospital North West has gone live with Alcidion’s Patientrack early warning system to help doctors and nurses spot deteriorating COVID-19 patients.

Located at the Manchester Central Convention Complex, and a part of the Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, the temporary hospital officially opened on 13 April to support patients across the North West of England suffering from coronavirus.

Alcidion’s Patientrack system, which was deployed within a week, will enable nurses at the hospital to digitally capture crucial vital signs and beside observations, and will automatically calculate the National Early Warning Score, known as NEWS2, – a measure used by professionals across the NHS to quickly identify if a patient’s conditioning may be worsening.

Hospitals in Manchester were among the first in the UK to use Patientrack, and so it is incredibly rewarding to see a technology they have used in their mission to enhance patient safety now helping staff in the fight against COVID-19

Resulting early warning scores will alert staff to patients who may becoming more unwell and require additional treatment.

The Patientrack system was configured and available in time for the opening of the Nightingale hospital, and was delivered by Alcidion free of charge under an extension to a current arrangement with Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, which has been using the system for many years to significantly enhance patient safety across its hospitals.

Lynette Ousby, UK general manager for Alcidion, said: “Hospitals in Manchester were among the first in the UK to use Patientrack, and so it is incredibly rewarding to see a technology they have used in their mission to enhance patient safety now helping staff in the fight against COVID-19.”

Rapid deployment was achieved by using Manchester Royal Infirmary as a blueprint for how staff have used the system at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, and then configuring the technology for wards at the NHS Nightingale Hospital North West.

Alcidion group managing director, Kate Quirke, said: “We are working with hospitals in different parts of the world to help them to make the most of the technology they have available to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

“As one of our longest-standing and largest partners globally, the NHS remains at the forefront of our focus and I hope the deployment at the Nightingale Hospital North West goes some way to alleviating pressure on the remarkable staff who use it.”

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