- OVOE: Incredibowls, Thursday 17th November 2016
17 Nov 2016
Before Incredibowls I went to Burger King for my tea with my friends Stacey and Andrew, as well as my sister and niece. After tea, we went to Hollywood Bowl and signed in. We had 2 teams of 6 people on lanes 1 & 2. Andrew got 4 strikes and Stacey won the second game. […]
- OVOE: Social Night, Wednesday 26th October 2016
26 Oct 2016
Yesterday, in the Green Room, Our Version of Events ULO has a Halloween takeaway and a few party nibbles. Some of us were dressed up as Dracula, Lydia, Morticia Addams and a skeleton. Rachel was selling Halloween cakes for £1 and we had 2 games of bingo, won by John and Sam. I had a […]
- OVOE: Incredibowls, Thursday 20th October 2016
20 Oct 2016
Alison was on holiday so we had Caroline, Robert and Lize looking after us tonight. They collected our subs and we ordered our food and drink. While we were playing we got ‘strike’ and ‘winner’ stickers. We didn’t have a raffle tonight but I will bring one on Wednesday to the Social Night when we will […]
- OVOE: Incredibowls, Thursday 29th September 2016
29 Sep 2016
Alison signed us all in and some of us went to Burger King for our tea, while others ate at Hollywood Bowl. Shelby looked after our belongings while we went to Burger King and I left my bag of raffle prizes with Alison. After tea we went to our lanes and Stacey displayed the raffle […]
- OVOE: Social Night, Wednesday 28th September 2016
28 Sep 2016
Tonight we had a Macmillan fundraising evening. Alison signed us all in then we all sat down together. Our social team tonight was Ella, John, Rachel and me. Some people ordered hot drinks and food from the tuck shop team; Paul and Sam. After tea we had 2 games of bingo. Gav and I went […]
- OVOE: Social Night, Wednesday 10th September 2016
28 Sep 2016
Alison signed us all in and our social team was Shelby and Rachel, Paul and Kelvin were in charge of the tuck shop, Richard was selling his home-made bath products to fundraise for the group. Some of us played bingo after our tea. I raised £6 for the group by arranging a raffle. This all […]
- OVOE: #NukeTownShow @ArcStockton, Tuesday 27th September 2016
27 Sep 2016
Tonight, after drama, we went to ARC to see a show called Nuketown, which was part of the Pay What You Decide season. This means you can pay however much you think the show was worth. The show was based in a fiction, Lego town called ‘Nuketown’ and was about issues with planning permission and […]
- OVOE: The Lamppost Petition @ArcStockton, Tuesday 20th September 2016
20 Sep 2016
Tonight some of our group went to see Zoe Murtagh perform in The Lamppost Petition at ARC. The show was about a lady who petitioned to have a lamppost at the end of the street where she lived and about two ladies who went on a picnic protest for no mandates or cuts. The protesting […]
- OVOE: Laurence Clark @ArcStockton, Thursday 15th September 2016
15 Sep 2016
Tonight we went to see Laurence Clark’s show ‘Independence’ at ARC, he is a comedian with Cerebral Palsy. I found him funny, a tiny bit rude and an inspiration for talking about his disability from his angle. He was also quintessentially charming. The show was about Laurence’s own experiences of becoming independent. He spoke about […]
- Beamish, Monday 22nd August 2016
22 Aug 2016
Today I had the pleasure of attending Beamish Museum with members of two wonderful groups that I facilitate – Young at Heart ULO and Our Version of Events ULO. The day started with a long drive down to St John’s Church, Durham Road in the pouring rain. The rain was so heavy that it was […]
New study highlights positive impact of digital technology in health and social care
The potential benefits to staff and patients of greater use of information and digital technology in the NHS and social care are shown in a new study, published today.
The study, commissioned by the Department of Health from Price Waterhouse Coopers, found that measures such as more use of text messages for negative test results, electronic prescribing and electronic patient records could improve care, allow health professionals to spend more time with patients and save billions of pounds.
The report says that a potential £4.4billion per year could be reinvested in improving care by making better use of information and technology.
Among the cases highlighted in the report are:
the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital conducted a trial of a system that asks spinal surgery patients to record their progress on an iPad while in hospital, then at home through an online system after being discharged. This created an estimated 300 new outpatient appointment slots per consultant surgeon per year – 95 per cent of patients preferred the new online process to the traditional pen and paper method.
Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen Hospitals Trust trialled a computerised paperless system on its haematology and dermatology wards. This meant that professionals could see GP referral letters, letters from clinics, test orders and X-rays. They found that they could save 30 minutes in a three and a half to four hour clinic.
Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals brought in an electronic prescribing system which meant that the accuracy of prescriptions was radically increased and they estimated the system could reduce potential adverse reactions to drugs by up to 60 per cent