Royal Berkshire Hospital

With an extremely generous donation from BT, organised by family friend Karen Bonnett, the Royal Berkshire Hospital was able to introduce and trial its first wireless network.

Installed on three wards - a general surgical ward, an urgent care medical ward and the intensive care unit – the network allows feasibility studies in patient bed management details, electronic discharge information (which is sent directly to the GP) and hospital email (which has become a very effective route for communication). The network also enables feasibility studies on medical IT applications such as VitalPacs, which allows bedside nurses to upload patient vital signs, which in turn can be accessed remotely. If the patient has deteriorated this triggers more urgent care.

The trials have been so successful that the hospital is now looking into having wireless networking as part of its forthcoming EPR (electronic patient record) project.
Atul Kapila

wireless network

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