Seven NHS trusts go live with vaccine booking app for staff
By Integrated Care Journal-
Health Call, an NHS collaboration that delivers digital health soutions across the UK, has developed a new online booking platform for staff to book their Covid-19 vaccinations.
Through the new booking system, frontline staff can book their own appointment online, their employer sends a link so that they can select their appointments at a time convenient to them. So far, seven NHS trusts across the North East and North Cumbria have gone live with the app.
No clinical data is captured at the point of booking. Staff will be able to amend or cancel their booking and they receive appointment reminders in advance.
The Covid-19 staff vaccination booking platform is part of a package of digital solutions which support how organisations are responding to the pandemic.
Ian Dove, Director at Health Call said: “We are delighted to be working with our partners in Cumbria on this project. With the contract we have signed, all NHS trusts in the North East and North Cumbria can use the app and we are expecting more trusts to go live in next few weeks. ”
In December, Health Call launched a Covid-19 Testing App which works alongside a self-testing lateral flow kit to provide quick results and has been designed to capture potential infections in asymptomatic staff before they start their shift.
The tech company has also developed a Covid-19 Oximetry at Home solution which has been deployed at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. This enables patients who have been hospitalised due to Covid-19 to be cared for at home, while monitoring their oxygen levels.
Farouq Din, Associate Director of Digital Healthcare at North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust said: “Health Call is synonymous with developing applications like the booking platform at pace and was the first place we turned to support the trust. We needed something we could rely on, and quickly in response to the first vaccine gaining safety approval. It is a significant logistical challenge for us to vaccinate all our staff, not once but twice. Using this platform means that we have the confidence we can vaccinate our frontline staff quickly. ”
So far; Newcastle Hospitals, North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Trust and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust are all live with the booking platform. More North East trusts are expected to go live in the coming weeks.
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