Hospital trials blood system

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A new automatic way of ordering potentially life-saving blood supplies in local hospitals is to be rolled out nationally after being successfully piloted in Blackpool.

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has played a key part in the national introduction of an automated stock management system that should ensure blood is moved around the country more efficiently.

The Trust took part in a pilot test of the system which it then helped improve and finalise.

Over two years the stock management system was automated so blood stocks were automatically ordered from the hospital and delivered ensuring the hospital always had suitable amounts of essential blood supplies.

Elaine Addison, transfusion laboratory manager at the Blackpool trust, said: “We never know when we are going to need a large amount of blood stock to treat patients so we have to make sure we always have enough to cope.”