Maternity Medway, the electronic healthcare record system, has launched at Basildon Hospital following 12 months of intense research, preparation, planning and training.
Maternity Medway enables the documentation of a woman’s journey from early pregnancy, first booking visit, antenatal care, through to all aspects of labour and birth management, postnatal care and discharge information.
Community midwives have been issued new laptops, which will allow them access to the new hospital system on the move. Ultimately, this will mean more time spent on providing care and an efficient way to access and deliver clinical information to women.
To ensure the service is utilised effectively the team will implement Medway in phases, monitoring how it is used closely.
Phase one commenced on Tuesday 1 October and saw all antenatal bookings recorded directly onto the live Medway Maternity woman’s record.
The community team will now see an immediate reduction of phone calls and visits to the maternity site. This will increase the time they have to provide care to women and their babies.
Records of care being readily available online means other healthcare professionals are able to access information immediately. This helps prevent duplication of work for midwives, improves safety for the woman and her baby whilst also reducing the use of paper.
The electronic record will provide improved data quality and record keeping standards; it will also ensure that Basildon is compliant with the new version of the national maternity data set reporting.
Phase two will encompass the electronic input of labour, birth and postnatal discharge information on the ward areas.
Lesly Overy, head of midwifery in women’s health said: “This is a huge step forward for both the team and the women who use our service. The ultimate aim is to provide an entirely paperless clinical record for the woman and her baby.”