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All Aboard the IT Bus

The CSC Solution Express bus has recently stopped at the central and the children’s sites at the Trust. The touring facility aims to help both clinical and non-clinical staff understand the benefits of the new orders and results system the Trust will be using from next year. This innovative, mobile vehicle has ten workstations installed for demonstration purposes. A team of CSCA and NHS staff were on board throughout the event to welcome attendees, introduce sessions, give presentations and demonstrations and answer questions. A Medical Secretary said: “I think the flexibility of the bus is innovative and fun! The use of the workstations on board are a great idea.” A Clinical Nurse Specialist for Gastroenterology at Booth Hall said: “The Solutions Express Bus visit was very informative. It gave a good overview of the services we can expect next year. It was good to know they will be 'rolling out' further programmes when we are due to start the system.” A Clinical Nurse Specialist at the Willink Unit at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital added: “I found the bus very informative and gave great insight into the new computer system that the Trust are going to be using in the future.” The Trust is soon to be one of the first in the North West ‘Lorenzo Regional Care’. It will replace Clinical Work Station and the delivery timescale has scheduled the first phase of this project to implement two areas by March 2009 – Neonatal Department in and Adult Critical Care Department. Every department within the Trust which orders tests will be affected by this change. Involvement from clinicians is essential to provide systems which deliver positive patient outcomes. A Consultant Paediatric Intensivist said: “The bus was a very good way to spread the word about a new development. Very well organised, thorough presentation. “Also, I had heard that Lorenzo was basically just a new way of requesting investigations and accessing results, but it is much more; the idea that it is a fledgling clinical information system eventually allowing clinical note keeping and electronic prescribing was new to me. I’m surprised we haven’t heard more about this before.”