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September 10th 2007 - Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is the latest UK NHS trust to commit to MSoft's Blood tracking solution to provide accountability for all transfusions performed by the Trust which serves a population of 500 000 in Gloucestershire and neighbouring counties.

The contract was awarded following an open tender, leading to responses from several companies, followed by site visits and a critical evaluation of the various platforms available based on the functionality and quality of the solutions available.

Mr Stephan Bates, Haematology and Blood Transfusion Department Manager, who led the procurement team comments, ”For a Trust of our size this is a huge undertaking so we had to be absolutely rigorous in our selection process and MSoft was not only best placed to meet our current needs but gave us the potential to meet future needs, such as bedside monitoring of transfusions on the ward.”

The first phase, which has already gone live in the Haematology and Oncology units serving both Cheltenham General and Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, interfaces with an existing Pathology system. This allows the Trust to track units of blood, platelets and plasma from the blood bank to dedicated kiosk controlled fridges. PIN numbers and user names are then needed to release stock for clinical use and provide accountability and an audit trail.

Ultimately Gloucestershire NHS Trust will be looking to track blood usage not only in the two major hospitals but also across a network of six Primary Care Trust hospitals in the region.

“We have been really impressed to date with the speed of implementation and attention to detail,” adds Stephan Bates. “MSoft has given us every support in delivering our objectives and empowering the team behind our 'Bloodhound' project.”

“To date this is a great success for us and an important validation of our blood tracking capabilities,” comments Martin Blake sales director for MSoft. “Given rigorous selection process we have demonstrated the flexibility demanded by forwarded thinking NHS Trusts in tracking blood usage, both to meet current legislative requirements and to provide a centralised resource which extends to multiple sites all the way through to patient's bedsides on the wards.”
Background History of MSoft

Formed in 1999, MSoft eSolutions has been involved in the tracking of various NHS and public sector assets since April 2000 and blood tracking solutions since 2005.

In 2002 MSoft provided the Greater Glasgow Independent Living and Equipment Service (GGILES) with an award winning asset management and ordering system which has saved Glasgow City Council and Glasgow NHS millions of pounds for the return and re-use of assets in the community.

This core technology has formed the base of the blood tracking product which has been adopted by Trafford, North Mersey HIS and Bolton NHS Trusts to ensure vein to vein traceability of all blood products.

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