Omnicell Releases New Medication Automation Cabinet System

Luke Cloherty, Editor

An 18-month trial in Northumbria, England has found that significant cost-savings and efficiencies can be made by installing a medication automation cabinet system provided by automated healthcare solutions provider, Omnicell Ltd. In the wake of the Lord Carter review, which highlights the urgent need for efficiencies and standardised savings across the NHS, the results from the trial show nurse time savings of £7,000 per department (0.25 WTE band 5 nurse-time), which has been released back to patient care; patient safety benefits with a 0% critical missed dosed rate and a 6% financial reduction in medicine spend per patient.

The partnership between Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Omnicell Ltd saw the trial of the automated storage and ordering systems in two of its general hospitals in the North East prior to the opening of the new Northumbria Hospital. Northumbria is the first purpose-built hospital in the country to have emergency medicine consultants ever-present on site and specialist consultants in a broad range of conditions. Following feedback to the system and demand from nursing staff, a total of 24 Omnicell medication automation cabinets are now in use across emergency care, theatres and admission units at Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital. As part of the initial trial and subsequent roll-out period, Omnicell has worked alongside and closely with both the pharmacy team and clinical staff members to provide training and support.


January 20, 2016