Daisy Hill Technology Showcase to British-Irish Council

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Wednesday, March 26th, 2014
Daisy Hill Hospital has hosted a visit by the British-Irish Council to showcase how the hospital is using technology to improve services. Government officials from Scotland, Wales, Ireland, the Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey were part of a delegation which toured Daisy Hill to see the range of innovative developments that the hospital has introduced in recent years. Paula Clarke, Director of Performance and Reform for the Southern Health and Social Care Trust commented, “Technology provides a real opportunity for us to improve the care we provide and the experience of the patients using our services. “Technology has been a key enabler for our ongoing modernisation programme within the Southern Trust, particularly in strengthening the links between our two acute hospitals, Craigavon and Daisy Hill, and in improving patient safety,” Paula added, The visit included demonstrations of the specialist renal patient information system and the bedside entertainment available to occupy dialysis patients. Medical staff explained the range of electronic systems now in use which are improving access to patient information and helping to improve the speed and quality of patient care. The delegation toured the High Dependency Unit which was the first in the UK to use a Telepresence Robot to allow intensive care specialists in Craigavon Area Hospital to remotely assess patients in Daisy Hill. They were also brought to the newly refurbished Emergency Department to see the how Telemedicine is being used to assess stroke patients at any time during the day or night, ensuring they get the right treatment as soon as possible. Southern Trust Chair Roberta Brownlee said, “We are delighted that the British Irish Council chose Daisy Hill for their visit. This gives Southern Trust staff recognition for their commitment to continually finding new and innovative ways to improve services and transform care for their patients and service users.” Co-Chair of the British Irish Council (BIC) Andrea Nicholas-Jones, Welsh Government added, “The BIC delegation was particularly impressed by the innovative Telepresence robot, the first of its kind in the UK, which allows intensive care specialists in one hospital to remotely assess patients in another hospital. Andrea added, “This kind of innovation could be a significant benefit to other health trusts around the UK and Ireland. The group was also interest to see the how Telemedicine is being used to assess stroke patients Daisy Hill’s newly refurbished Emergency Department.”
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