Sarah Stevens, Nurse Colposcopist, has played a key role in the system's implementation.
A ground-breaking new digital system for the Colposcopy service at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust has been implemented following the completion of a collaborative project.
The system features NHS-leading technology with regard to colposcopy and provides Mid Yorkshire with a combination of systems that no other trust in the country is fortunate to have at their disposal.
We are now one of the leading services nationally in terms of the software and systems set-up that supports the delivery of our colposcopy service to patients.
A number of significant benefits have been realised across different areas within the service, enabling improvements to both key processes and the delivery of patient care.
- Digital image capture: Live examination images are now recorded rather than using hand-drawn sketches. This cutting-edge development improves patient outcomes via the ability to review and manage follow-up patients, and the increased quality of information presented allows for more informed decision-making.
- Interface with digital clinical systems: The time taken to complete a range of administration tasks has been significantly reduced and the data produced is more accurate and up-to-date. The digital recording of examinations and images provides instant access for review and removes the demanding and time-consuming process of producing paper-based examination notes.
- Improved patient safety: A key improvement is enhanced patient safety. The production of ‘failsafe lists’ help to identify key milestones and pressure-points within the service, contributing to reducing potential delays to treatment and shortening waiting lists for procedures.
- Upgraded database: A single modern database now provides an improved user experience for our staff and also increases cyber security.
- Production of mandatory data: The new system aids the production of mandatory data requirements. This increased efficiency will release staff capacity to focus more on optimising patient care, resulting in reduced waiting times and improved patient experience.
Kay Duxbury, Director of Operations, Families and Clinical Support Services at Mid Yorkshire, said of the new system’s implementation:
“This is a fantastic example of how collaborative working has truly benefited patient care. This project would not have come to fruition without the relentless ambition and commitment from all involved and I am extremely proud to support this improvement.”
The new system’s implementation is a culmination of a two-year long project involving various teams from across the Trust, including the Colposcopy Clinical team, Digital Services, Medical Physics and Procurement, as well as our supplier Irisoft.