Last week saw the launch of our Transfer of Care Around Medicines (TCAM) service. This project is part of the Global Digital Exemplar (GDE) programme, aiming to deliver improved patient outcomes and make the hospital more efficient.
Working with the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital’s Pharmacy team and local community pharmacies, we have now introduced a solution that will digitally, and securely, transfer a patients’ latest prescription to a pharmacy of their choice after their stay in hospital.
The service is currently focused on patients at a higher risk of readmission to ensure continuity of care is provided by the pharmacist after discharge. This in turn will greatly reduce the risk of medication errors and is also proven to reduce the length of stay in hospital for these patients.
We were joined by a range of local healthcare professionals to demonstrate how we can work with the wider community to improve patient care and outcomes.
To families of all our patients, we wanted to give a reminder that sadly, at both Bedford and the Luton & Dunstable Hospital, we are still unable to allow any visitors on site, unless there are exceptional circumstances, for example in maternity or children’s departments, or for those patients who are receiving palliative treatment at the end of their lives, on a case-by-case basis.
At Bedford changes are being made to support services and we would now ask that, from Saturday 6 June 2020, you contact the wards using the direct lines found here.
For the Luton & Dunstable, we are offering a dedicated Next of Kin helpline for family members who want to check up on their loved ones – please nominate one family member to call 01582 718884 between 8am and 6pm.