Technology playing key role in driving patient safety standards

Local MP David Davies visited Nevill Hall Hospital in Abergavenny today to understand more about the key role technology is playing in driving patient safety standards.

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board has, in recent years, harnessed and invested in cutting-edge technology to manage medication and hospital supplies administration. The automated systems reduce the risk of errors and free-up healthcare professionals to spend more time on face-to-face patient care.

The visit comes after a medicines management report by the National Assembly for Wales Public Accounts Committee found such automated medication dispensing systems have the potential to optimise medicines management, improve efficiency, maximise resources and improve patient safety.

Only last week it was reported a new study had found six hospitals in Wales reported 25 incidents where children under 16 were given a tenfold or greater dose of medication in error. 

At the visit, Nevill Hall Hospital's chief pharmacist Colin Powell demonstrated the benefit of the health board’s decision to invest in a series of Omnicell systems which automate the administration of medication, reducing the risk of human error and freeing up nursing time to spend with patients.

This new approach allows health boards to track everything back to the patient from the moment the medication is prescribed to when it is administered - ensuring patient safety.

Mr Davies said: "It is great to see the NHS in Wales working alongside industry to try and give patients a better service of care with the use of modern technology.”

Paul O’Hanlon, managing director of Omnicell UK & Ireland, facilitated the visit. He added: "We were delighted to welcome David here today to witness at first-hand how important it is to invest in new technology.  

"Medicine and nursing is a safety critical industry - behind every statistic is someone’s life. It is always someone’s son, someone’s father, someone’s daughter.”