£2.7m contract by NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde

Wednesday 13 November 2013

£2.7m contract by NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde

Capita IT Services awarded £2.7m contract by NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde to support Scotland’s biggest emergency department and critical care complex.

Capita IT Services today announces that it has been awarded a £2.7m, two year contract to design, supply, implement and support a local area network (LAN) infrastructure by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

The network being installed will support the new South Glasgow Adult and Children’s Hospitals due to open in 2015. The new hospitals will form Scotland’s biggest emergency department and critical care complex, providing beds for 1,109 adults and 256 children and supported by 10,000 employees.

The new hospitals will benefit from having adult, children’s and maternity services on the same site, which will enable rapid access to specialist services of all kinds and therefore the highest quality and safety standards for mothers and children alike in the event of any complications.

It will also modernise services, facilitating the closure of four hospitals* and some existing parts of the Southern General Hospital with the transfer of in-patient services to new, state-of-the-art facilities.

Robin Wright, director of health information and technology from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said: “We are very fortunate to be building state-of-the-art hospitals that will be recognised as Scotland’s biggest emergency department and critical care complex. Technology is an essential ingredient to a successful hospital, as it ensures that the right patient care can be delivered quickly, efficiently, effectively and safely. Capita IT Services’ network design will give us the stability and resilience we need right now, but with the flexibility to meet future demands.”

The new LAN will provide the core network for the hospital and will integrate with the existing infrastructure across the hospital campus. Clinicians will be able to access and share information, such as electronic patient records or picture archiving images, with other departments quickly and securely. This will enhance the patient experience, as they will be subject to fewer delays from the moment they enter the hospital to the time they leave. This will also help to reduce the length of stay for in-patients and support the hospitals’ delivery of outstanding patient care.

Peter Hands, managing director, Capita IT Services, said: “Hospital employees face the daily pressure of delivering better patient care despite spiralling demand. The NHS is responding to this challenging environment by undergoing significant transformation. Integrated technology provides the foundation for these new ways of working. It enables efficient and effective ways of accessing and delivering health information, and providing patient treatment and care and we are proud to support NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde on this ground-breaking project.”

The contract was awarded via the Public Services Network (PSN) framework.

* The Western Infirmary, the Victoria Infirmary, Mansion House and Royal Hospital for Sick Children


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