A pilot scheme to transform the way blood stocks are maintained and delivered in hospitals is now running 24/7 at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
Blackpool is one of the sites carrying out the trial by NHS Blood and Transplant, to use full electronic blood tracking systems already in place to automatically replenish stock taken from the fridge for patient use.
Lynda Hamlyn, NHS Blood and Transplant chief executive, came to visit the blood bank at The Vic to see first-hand how the pilot is working.
She said: “A lot of time and effort has been put in by both NHSBT staff and those at Blackpool Victoria Hospital to get this up and running and fully functioning.
“This pilot demonstrates how two NHS organisations, both with the same determination to provide the best patient care, can work together to improve quality and treatment, while reducing costs to the NHS.”
The scheme enables NHS Blood and Transplant to monitor hospital stock levels on a ‘live’ basis and provide automatic optimum top-up deliveries of blood and blood products.
This is done by sending automatic delivery notes with all details of blood stocks supplied to the hospital – lowering costs and improving stock control.