EE paves the way for changing operations for NHS Trust

Faster mobile connectivity using 4G has transformed mobile working efficiency for Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. Serving a population of 900,000 and employing 4,000 members of staff over 100 trust sites, home visits placed enormous demands on healthcare workers trying to manage their time during and between appointments. Previous attempts by the Trust to use 3G failed, due to slow and unreliable connections where healthcare workers needed to check and update patient records “live”. The new technology uses speeds five times faster than 3G and nurses armed with laptops and Mi-Fi devices can now see one or two extra patients every day from time savings. However, it was not only the technical impact that has resonated with the Trust. After the initial investment, training and deployment, nursing staff have been able to increase the quality of time with their patients which is a key Trust priority. Schemes like this are likely to rise as MSPs and their healthcare clients seize the opportunity to roll out pilots, where success can be better measured and risk minimised whilst outcomes are assessed.