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Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust

About us

Plymouth Hospitals is the largest hospital trust in the south west peninsula and is a teaching trust in partnership with the Peninsula Medical School. The Trust has an integrated Ministry of Defence Hospital Unit which has a staff of approximately 250 military personnel who work within a variety of posts from lead doctors to trainee medical assistants. The Trust is developing rapidly as a centre for research in partnership with the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry and Plymouth and Exeter Universities.

Plymouth Hospitals provides comprehensive secondary and tertiary healthcare to people in the South West Peninsula. We also we provide comprehensive training and education for a wide range of healthcare professionals. We offer a full range of general hospital services to around 450,000 people in Plymouth, North and East Cornwall and South and West Devon. These include emergency and trauma services, maternity services, paediatrics and a full range of diagnostic, medical and surgical sub-specialties.

What we’ve been doing
  • Patient identification – Existing in-house wristband printing software is now GS1 compliant in live environment. GS1 compliant wristband scanning is being tested in iSoft iCM, Blood Tracking (bedside module) and CRIS and is on track for go live later this year.
  • Location numbering – GLNs applied to all of the Trust’s physical spaces (MICAD). Tablets/printers/consumables purchased. 100% of our site now has barcodes affixed. We are working with our inventory system suppliers to incorporate GLNs.
  • Catalogue management – Collaboration with Salisbury and Leeds demonstrator sites for joint engagement with suppliers to facilitate the upload of master data to a global data pool.  To date 35% product GTINs have been transmitted to Plymouth’s local catalogue.
  • Product recall – Review of organisational policies and processes complete and a technical solution has been agreed.
  • Purchase to pay – Liaison on-going with system suppliers to upgrade and develop the Trust purchasing system so that GLNs and GTINs can be included on Purchase Orders and Invoices.  Currently 25% of all goods transaction lines have GTINs assigned.
  • Inventory management – A timetable of activity is being agreed for the deployment of the Trust’s inventory system within Trauma and Orthopaedic theatres which will enable Product Recall track and trace ability, more accurate patient level costing and efficient control of high-value inventory to realise financial benefits.
Our Next Steps
  • Process mapping with a view to working with suppliers to incorporate GLNs in Trust’s inventory systems (Genesis, SBS Oracle, Nexus GHX, EMIS, Planet FM).
  • Roll out of inventory management system/s into high value/high patient safety risk areas.
  • Local GLN registry software being developed internally.
Contact us

plh-tr.scan4safety@nhs.net