by Geoff Somner
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EmergencyList was developed to improve efficiency and communication between doctors, anaesthetists and theatre staff, to aid prioritisation of cases and to reduce errors in the handling of emergency operations in acute NHS hospitals.
The system gives a clear view of pending cases for each operating theatre, presenting important clinical information, consultant and anaesthetist notes and complex mortality scoring.
The original system was developed by Dr. Nunn at the NNUH to replace the previous paper-based process. After a successful implementation of the new system at NNUH he approached us at Accent with the idea of collaborating on a commercial version of the application that could be used in other NHS hospitals across the UK.
Ourselves and Dr. Nunn worked with the Departments of Anaesthesia at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn, the Frenchay Hospital in Bristol and the Birmingham Children’s Hospital to develop a robust system.
I have had the pleasure of working with Accent on other projects, so the decision to choose them to produce EmergencyList was an easy one. Geoff and his team are always approachable and communicate very well using appropriate levels of technical language. They worked really hard to understand the intricacies of my project and I think they now know the workings of emergency operating theatres better than most hospital staff!
Dr. David Nunn
Written in CakePHP and utilising Microsoft SQL Server, the software can be customised to accommodate the specific working practices of different hospitals. It can be integrated with various hospital networks as well as the assortment of patient information and theatre management systems employed by the NHS.
The first installation of EmergencyList is now up and running at the QE Hospital in King’s Lynn and we are in the process of rolling out a number of further installations.
A Computer Science graduate way back when, Geoff is an experienced programmer utilising his system analysis and interface design skills to enable the team to build effective applications.