INVESTMENT: Central delivery suite midwife co-ordinator Amy Weston with the new system Picture supplied

NEW and expectant mothers should have more control over their medical records thanks to a new electronic patient record system brought in at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

The new BadgetNet system means patients, midwives and GPs can now access and update patient records in real time.

The system and its associated app are the latest developments to the hospital’s maternity services, which include the creation of the midwife-led Waterlily Birth Centre.

Emma Hardwick, director of nursing, said: “Electronic patient records are an important development within our maternity services and will make a big difference to patients and staff.

“This new technology is going to save expectant and new mothers from carrying an assortment of paper to their appointments along with giving clinicians from different organisations access to up-to-date records. Over the last 18 months we have invested heavily in the maternity services to provide women with greater choice.

“We have created the popular Waterlily Birth Centre along with introducing the midwife led pathway and the home Birth service.”

The system allows women to read and update their records and gives other care providers access to the records, with patient permission. This could be useful if the woman has issues with her pregnancy while on holiday and receiving treatment elsewhere.

Divisional head of women and children’s services Lesley Deacon added: “Electronic records will make the department paperlight initially, but our ultimate aim is to become paperless in the future.

“Our staff are getting to grips with the BadgerNet system, but during the transitional period, appointments may run a little later than normal so we ask for everyone’s patience.”