A NEW £50million mental health hospital on Wearside is set to be the first of its kind in the country to feature a revolutionary medicine dispensary system.
Hopewood Park Hospital in Ryhope is the first mental health facility to install Omnicell automated medicines storage cabinets – which use finger print recognition technology – on its wards.
Bosses say that as well as improving safety, the cabinets will make administration of medicines to patients more efficient, allowing nurses to spend more time dealing with their patients.
The computerised cabinets allow for medicine stocks to be managed electronically, reducing the risk of medicines being unavailable. orthumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust’s chief pharmacist Tim Donaldson said: “The installation of these new medicines cabinets marks a significant investment in medicines management within the trust and makes Hopewood Park one of the most technologically advanced facilities of its kind in the country.”
The installation of the new technology is part of the trust’s redesigned clinical pharmacy service in Sunderland, which will allow the hospital pharmacy team spend more time on wards, providing advice to patients about their medicines.
Hopewood Park is due to welcome its first patients later this month.