NHS Trust appoints system provider to manage medical supplies

Royal United Hospitals Bath (RUH) NHS Foundation Trust has appointed Genesis Automation to deliver a technology system to help it manage its essential medical supplies.

Genesis was selected to provide an Inventory Management and Point of Care Solution that can help the RUH track demand for and consumption of its stock, and provide data that can reduce cost variations in medical procedures.

Genesis’s software – which uses barcode scanning to track, count and cost everything used in the hospital – will aim to ease the clinicians paper-based administrative workload, and free up more time for patient care.

Paul Jackson, general manager, UK & Ireland, Genesis Automation, said: “RUH identified a need to release nursing time back into patient care whilst increasing patient safety, improve inventory management, and delivering savings. Genesis was chosen for its competitiveness in providing an advanced system, already delivering these benefits for other customers across the UK.

“We were chosen as the most competitive provider to meet the RUH’s requirement for a clinician and patient-centric solution. We’re delighted to have the RUH as a customer and look forward to delivering outstanding financial and clinical results as we work together.

The system will initially be implemented in the RUH’s high-value surgical areas: cardiology, trauma, orthopaedics and general theatres. The technology will ensure critical and correct stock is available to avoid cancelling operations, or using out-of-date stock.

The system will roll out over the next five years.  As part of its Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP), the Trust stipulated that the winning technology provider following the tender should also be able to introduce the IMS to other trusts within Bath and North East Somerset and Wiltshire STP.

Before selecting Genesis Automation, RUH conducted a management analysis, which identified areas and departments targeted for improvement. These included clinical administration duties, theatre productivity, warehousing and materials management.

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