New system will help manage the safety of patient journey
21 October 2015
Southend Hospital launched a revolutionary in-patient pre-assessment service thanks to a cash injection from the Nursing Technology Fund bid.
The Synopsis IQ system sees patients complete their
pre-assessment questionnaires on a tablet PC before their
appointment encouraging both safety and efficiency.
Volunteers are on-hand to help patients who are less familiar
with computers to answer health questions on the mobile
Healthcare assistants record the patient's observations on the
system before the patient is reviewed by a nurse during the
examination. The system collates all the information to help
nurses make a clinical judgement on the suitability of the patient
to continue to surgery.
The system will improve patients' and nurses' experience by
recording pre assessments electronically, both by presenting a
standardised pre -assessment consultation and meaning that
assessments can be easily amended during a repeat review for a
A further benefit is that anaesthetists will be able to access
the pre-operative assessment on the system and complete an
anaesthetic plan without having to wait for the physical notes.
Jane Reeve, general manager in theatres, critical care and
anaesthetics, said: "Pre-assessment is now ahead of the game by
going paper-light on the road to a paperless service and, as well
as the time and convenience benefits for patients and staff, this
also has a positive financial impact for the trust. The
pre-assessment team have all worked really hard trialling and
launching the system and are already seeing the benefits to