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Editor’s comment: iPad system helping make hospital staff’s work easier

PUBLISHED: 08:00 14 October 2017

Hospital staff at King George Hospital are now using iPads to record patient data

Hospital staff at King George Hospital are now using iPads to record patient data

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Despite the frustrations when your laptop freezes just before deadline or your phone runs out of battery just when you want to make a call, technology on the whole is making our lives easier.

Last week the Recorder found out from hospital staff about how an innovative iPad system is helping their work at Queen’s Hospital.

It seems such a simple idea – to have all a patient’s notes stored on an iPad rather than on separate paper charts – that is hard to believe it hasn’t been thought of before.

But that’s the beauty of an ingenious idea – we all wonder why didn’t think of it first.

So congratulations to James Avery, BHRUT’s chief deputy chief nurse, for his inspiration.

Anything that saves a nurse time and makes a patient safer has to be a good thing.

You have to feel sorry for the Romford Drum and Trumpet Corps who lost their flights to Gibraltar when Monarch Airlines went into administration.

The marching band, with members as young as eight, had spent the past year raising the £8,000 needed for the trip to take part in a fundraising concert for the veterans charity Help for Heroes.

Understandably, they were hugely disappointed to discover the trip was off.

The corps is one of the jewels of Havering’s crown – regularly taking part in parades and processions in the borough and elsewhere, including Europe and even the US.

It even played at West Ham’s last ever game at the Boleyn Ground.

Celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, it is a registered charity and is one of the oldest independent youth marching bands in the country.

The trip to Gibraltar was supposed to be part of its anniversary celebrations.

Let’s hope there will be some way they can get at least some their money back.

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