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Baroness Cumberlege visits Royal Derby Hospital

Baroness Julia Cumberlege visited Royal Derby Hospital this week (8 January) to find out more about the Scan4Safety project and to meet members of our Midwifery Team.

Scan4Safety makes operations safer and more efficient by using scanners to read barcodes on every piece of equipment used in a procedure before then linking this to a barcode on each individual patient’s wristband. 

The Baroness visited several areas of the Royal Derby site, including our Endoscopy Department to speak with Professor Andrew Goddard, Consultant Gastroenterologist, before meeting Consultant Oral, Maxillofacial and Head and Neck Surgeon, Mr Keith Jones in General Theatres to find out more about how the Scan4Safety is implemented in clinical areas.

In the afternoon, the Baroness then paid a visit to our Labour Ward and met Jane Haslam, Director of Midwifey, the Senior Midwifery Team and Continuity of Care Midwives to discuss the incredible work they are doing with our new and expectant mums.

Reflecting on her visit, Baroness Cumberlege said: “What I’ve seen today has been illuminating. What you’re doing here at Royal Derby Hospital is so important and deserves to be broadcast far and wide.

“I’m very grateful for everyone who has given their time to meet me.”

Kevin Downs, Executive Director of Finance and Performance, said: “Ensuring that we provide our patients with the safest care possible is central to everything that we do at UHDB. Scan4Safety has undoubtedly allowed us to do just that, whilst it has also made a huge difference to staff working in our operating theatres, but without whose support for the programme would not have made the improvement to patient safety and product traceability possible.”

“I would like to extend my sincere thanks to Baroness Cumberlege for visiting us.”