NHS Trust WI-FI implementation
Improving connectivity for an NHS Trust across clinical and non-clinical sites
Our NHS Trust client was implementing a new Electronic Patient Record (EPR) system which was heavily reliant on mobile devices capturing data at a patient’s bedside. The Trust had patchy Wi-Fi coverage, and known ‘black-spots’ which would have prevented this move to digitising clinical records. This lack of confidence in basic remote connectivity was a major stumbling block to the go-live of the EPR programme.
The project objective was to provide 100% Wi-Fi coverage across all sites that the Trust operated, including two major hospitals and a group of smaller community buildings in clinical and non-clinical areas.
Running this obtrusive process in an operational clinical environment with tight time constraints was a challenge. With this in mind, the technology solution for this project included:
- Comprehensive, cross-site Wi-Fi survey
- Re-design of wireless access point locations
- Implementation of devices
- Testing and implementation
It was essential that a collaborative approach was taken with stakeholders throughout the Trust and the supply chain. This enabled us to achieve the rollout of technology within ambitious timescales and a challenging environment. For example, clinical and physical restrictions sometimes meant that wireless access points could not always be installed in the ideal position.
Each day began with a scrum meeting to review progress, agree priorities and shuffle workloads. To find acceptable work-a-rounds to tricky problems, a close working relationship with those responsible for estates and infection control had to be established.
- Installation of an additional 600 wireless access points across the hospital and community sites
- 100% Wi-Fi coverage in clinical and non-clinical areas
- Increased confidence in the system enabling better working on portable devices
- Design, installation and testing took place ahead of time to support the EPR go-live
- Delivery of this Wi-Fi project was a critical enabler in readiness for the Trust’s digital transformational programme
- A strong, collaborative approach across multiple disciplines coordinated by our team
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