Portsmouth hospital becomes inventory leader

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Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust has become one of the first hospitals in the UK to roll out a single inventory management system across the entire trust.

The technology has been developed by Ingenica Solutions, which is also the first GS1 barcoding certified solution in the healthcare market, has already been implemented across a number of areas at the trust with full rollout currently in progress.

The Portsmouth trust is an early adopter of inventory management technology, which although more commonly found in the commercial sector. However, it is gaining an increasing presence in the healthcare sector as a result of the government’s mandatory requirements for all trusts to implement inventory management and GS1 barcoding standards to improve efficiencies.

Jackie Pomroy, head of supply chain at South of England Procurement Services for Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust said: “Our ultimate long- term goal at the start of the implementation was to have the ability to track all products through to point of use, at patient level; something which few hospitals have accomplished, which we have achieved and will now be rolled out to all areas.”

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