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Case study: Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

GS1 bar codes and RFID technology improve patient safety and increase productivity

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has been a pioneer in implementing bar coding using GS1 standards. Its stock control and forecasting system known as ‘CHOC Stock’ has enabled the live update of stock usage through bar code scanning at point of use and also achieved ongoing revenue benefits by using quality inventory information to reduce unnecessary stock holding levels without the risk of stock outages. 

The Trust has also carried out a successful proof of concept RFID pilot to track and trace its orthopaedic loan kits containing vital hip and knee joints. The pilot identfied benefits in early demand information for hospital staff and suppliers, reduced administration and improved efficiency. 

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust fully supports the Department of Health’s recommendations that the GS1 coding system should be adopted throughout the healthcare system in England and we have been working closely with GS1 UK to ensure that we meet these requirements. We are also helping to drive the adoption of GS1 standards to improve patient safety and productivity through our active participation in the GS1 Healthcare User Group’s Leadership Team.”

Graham Medwell, Information Manager – Supplies Department - Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

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First produced in November 2009