ICT Infrastructure in Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells

Tuesday 3 May 2011

ICT Infrastructure in Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells

Implementing an integrated ICT Infrastructure in Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust Re-Development.

Capita today announces that its IT services operation has completed the installation of the first phase of an integrated ICT infrastructure for Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust’s new PFI hospital in Pembury. The Trust is replacing two existing acute hospitals with one new hospital. Capita’s contract, worth £3.4 million over three years, has been designed to support the hospital’s objectives to continuously enhance the patient experience. The new infrastructure will enable more care to be delivered at the bedside, which will improve patient care and support innovation.

The first patients moved in to the 512-bed £226 million facility on 25 January 2011 and it will be fully operational by autumn 2011. The hospital will be state-of-the-art and unique as it is the first acute NHS hospital in Britain where every patient has their own room with en-suite facilities. All services from the old Pembury Hospital were successfully transferred in January and all services from the Kent and Sussex Hospital will be transferred in September this year.

The new ICT infrastructure will benefit patients and staff in a number of ways including improved bedside care, as consultants will have access to clinical applications including PACS (Picture Archiving and Communications System) images, such as X-Rays, MRI and CT scans on wireless devices. The new wireless infrastructure will also improve security and patient safety, as hospital employees carrying wireless phones will be contactable wherever they are in the hospital.

Dr George Noble, consultant physician and clinical director for ICT, said: “Medical staff are delighted to be able to improve the quality and safety of the service provided to patients through enhanced access to clinical information. It is fantastic to see IT coming together with clinical services and patients - this will provide a much improved patient experience that is safer and provide excellent outcomes for all,” he concluded.

Capita has also implemented an energy efficient data centre that will monitor the use of energy, supporting the Trust’s green agenda.

The integrated communications network includes the design and installation of a Cisco medical grade network infrastructure, a wireless local area network (WLAN), security systems, IP telephone system (including wireless phones), patient in-room entertainment, digital media signage and a data centre. Capita will also provide a three year maintenance and support service.

“We chose Capita for this project due to its proven track record in providing effective medical-grade solutions designed specifically for the healthcare sector,” said Keith Swaden, ICT programme manager, Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust. “This new high performing and integrated ICT infrastructure supports the Trust’s drive to continuously improve patient care. It forms the foundations for innovative new ways of working that will also drive efficiencies as patient pathways are re-designed to take advantage of these new technologies”

“Our experience has shown us how important it is for hospitals to have an integrated ICT infrastructure at the heart of their operations. This ensures the most efficient, secure and cost-effective processes, while supporting the hospital’s objectives to provide the best patient experience,” said Andy Hvass, business director, Capita. “The new hospital is a state-of-the-art development that requires a reliable, high performing ICT network to match. The solution will not only meet the hospital’s current requirements, but is also flexible enough to meet future demands.” 

Every patient at the new hospital will also be able to watch their favourite programmes courtesy of the League of the Friends of Pembury and Kent & Sussex Hospitals, who have donated £341,000 for the latest flat screen TVs.

This site uses cookies to give you the best possible online experience. If you continue, we'll assume you are happy for your web browser to receive all cookies from our website. See our cookie policy for more information on cookies and how to manage them. - See more at: capita.open.ms-dev.web.tibus.net/cookies