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Barnsley nursing team use laptops in community

Fran Connelly (left) with Jo Cave - Barnsley nurses who have received new laptops

Fran Connelly (left) with Jo Cave - Barnsley nurses who have received new laptops

A team of South Yorkshire nurses has been issued with new laptop computers to help improve the experience of their patients.

Members of the Children’s Community Nursing Team in Barnsley have been issued with the new equipment to help them when working away from Barnsley Hospital.

The laptops give the nursing team access to information that was previously unattainable to them, including instant access to patient records, healthcare software and emails.

In the past, after each home visit, nurses would have to their base at Barnsley Hospital hospital to write up notes or find information - delaying the delivery of care to their patients.

Denise Gibson, Lead for the Children’s Community Team, said: “The laptops have been a life saver.

“Having the laptops mean communication internally and externally is far easier and more efficient.

“It also means we can access patient’s records and lab reports there and then which means the patients are waiting considerably less time for results.”

The nursing team travels to visit patients across Barnsley, including nurseries and schools.

Their use laptops, which have internet access, mean they can manage their appointments and plan workloads with other team members through the electronic diary feature.

Ms Gibson added: “Having the laptops mean communication internally and externally is far easier and more efficient.”

A spokeswoman for Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said: “Laptops will help improve the patient journey.

“The Children’s Community Nursing Team have been provided with new notebook laptops with the hope of increasing efficiency and cutting time delays.

“The personally assigned laptops give the team the ability to access information that was previously unattainable whilst out in the community, increasing the productivity.”

 
 
 

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