Community nurses in Bristol are revolutionising the way they work by taking down patient's notes on a tablet device rather than paper. The tablet can save nurses up to an hour day meaning more contact with patients. So far, more than two hundred workers at Bristol Community Health have adopted the new way of working.
Compare is with Laura Turner, who is a Respiratory Physiologist. She has to write down every ache and pain and treatment method. The paperwork takes up valuable time.
Afterwards Laura types up the notes from her appointment. It makes double the work compared with using a tablet.
The idea is the brain child of a social enterprise called Bristol Community Health which is funded by the NHS. It has used one and half million pounds to roll out the project. It's Chief Executive, Julia Clarke says it's money better spent than on front line nurses.
200 nurses at Bristol Community Health are currently use devices. 500 will be taking it on in next few months freeing up more time for patient care.
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