Newly-merged Sussex trust signs up for CareFlow EPR

10-year contract covers strategic patient management and theatres solutions

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust has signed a 10-year contract with System C for a new strategic patient management and theatres system.

The organisation, which has recently merged with Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust to form the University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust, will now run a single patient management system across its Worthing, St Richard’s, and Southlands hospital sites, aligning them with Brighton and Haywards Heath hospitals, which already use System C’s CareFlow.

The two former trusts have been working in partnership with a shared leadership team for nearly four years and merged to form the new trust on 1 April this year.

Moving towards a single electronic patient record system ensures our systems are unified and integrated across our hospitals

The new organisation employs nearly 20,000 people across five main hospital sites.

Markus Bolton, joint chief executive of System C, said: “It is a very-complex process to bring the data and workflow for two organisations together successfully.

This is the fourth time we have done it and we are really looking forward to helping the trust realise all the benefits of merger and meet its ambition to continually improve patient services and the quality of care.”

Under the terms of the contract, the former Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust will also be integrating a new theatre management system from Bluespier, System C’s theatres partner.

Moving towards a single electronic patient record system ensures our systems are unified and integrated across our hospitals

Ian Arbuthnot, director of IM&T at the trust, said: "Moving towards a single electronic patient record system ensures our systems are unified and integrated across our hospitals.

“We are committed to embedding clinical excellence and innovation at the heart of the new organisation in line with the NHS Long Term Plan for digitally-enabled care."

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