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NURSE CALL SYSTEMS


The management data is provided by


software that enables call logging to be incorporated into the programming of the nurses’ station touch screen unit. Specifiers should expect to be able to access data remotely and securely on PC, tablet or any android device and to tailor reporting to suit their needs.


Future flexibility Like many other areas of healthcare technology, nurse call development is moving at a fast pace and must address both the current and future needs of contemporary hospitals. Wireless radio technology that can be integrated with IP networks to provide both flexibility and functionality answers that future-proofing requirement. Wexham Park Hospital, near Slough in the


UK, is a typical example of how the flexibility offered by wireless nurse call systems can help patient services to adapt more quickly and easily to change. Historically, the hospital has used


different systems across its estate, including a mix of hard-wired and wireless products. As part of upgrade and replacement projects a strategic decision was taken to move towards single system supply. For some of the older systems in the


hospital, accessing replacement parts was becoming difficult and, while the hospital’s in-house maintenance teams could usually manage any repairs with what they had, longer-term maintenance looked set to be an issue.


system. Following a tender process, Courtney- Thorne’s 08 wireless nurse call system was selected for the hospital’s ‘Paragon Suite’ and A&E department and has since been installed in 19 wards and departments over the past 11 years, including the hospital’s extended A&E department delivering a rolling programme of nurse call improvements and standardisation. “One of the key requirements that


prompted Wexham Park to specify a wireless system was the need to create escalation areas and adapt certain areas of the hospital for winter pressure patient management. “The chosen wireless nurse call provides


The wireless nurse call system at Wexham Park provides flexibility and can be reprogrammed quickly for adjustments to hospital layout.


A spokesperson for Wexham Park Hospital


said: “Any capital investment programme must consider future needs to ensure that the true whole life costs are assessed as part of long- term planning. “Our investment in a new, hospital-wide


nurse call system is part of an ongoing plan but the aim is to install a system that will grow and adapt with the hospital well beyond that period, while providing a system that is easy to operate for both staff and patients and adds value to the management team with up-to-date and easy to access data.” The hospital was keen to adopt a wireless


the required flexibility and provided the hospital with a system that can be reprogrammed quickly and easily for temporary adjustments to hospital layout as well as for more permanent changes.” The system has given Wexham Park


Hospital flexibility during installation as well as post installation. The fact that the wireless installation can take place quickly at a late stage in any ward refurbishment means that it is able to accommodate any last minute layout changes. So, while decisions about the site of any electrical sockets needed to be made at first fix, installation and programming of the nurse call system could be done after second fix. There remain 12 more wards to install at


Wexham Park Hospital, which will be completed within its five-year plan. From there, any further changes will simply involve reprogramming the existing system to adapt to the changing layouts.





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