Bolton NHS Foundation Trust has signed with Allscripts in a multi-million pound electronic patient record EPR deal. 

The trust will deploy Allscripts Sunrise EPR, with work beginning next month and the first phase due to go-live in spring 2019.

The selection of Allscripts means Bolton follows in the footsteps of a growing cluster of neighbouring trusts in and around Manchester, and Liverpool and Merseyside.

At the centre of the Greater Manchester cluster is Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, a global digital exemplar and Allscripts’ NHS reference site.

Ken Bradshaw, deputy chief informatics officer at Bolton, said the 15 August signing has been in the pipeline for some time.

“Signing this contract is the result of months of hard work behind the scenes preparing our systems and teams for this investment”, he said.

“The new technology will provide a seamless process, and make it so much easier for our clinicians to access a single, detailed and up-to-date view of a patient’s health record.”

Neighbouring Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust went live in June last year with Allscripts’ Sunrise EPR. And University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust went live with the same system in 2016.

When Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh chose Allscripts in September 2014, only Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust had gone live with Sunrise in the English NHS.

Commenting on Bolton’s choice, Steven Brain, vice president and managing director of Allscripts, said his company’s “innovative solutions and proven delivery capability in the UK created a compelling reason for the trust to select Allscripts as their partner”.

Digital Health News understands that the recent deployment of the open source EPR, OpenEyes, in the ophthalmology department will eventually feed into the hospital’s overall EPR.

Bolton deployed OpenEyes in January and David Haider, consultant ophthalmologist and chief clinical information officer at the trust, told Digital Health News in March that it was a slow deployment as “we’re running from a fairly digitally immature trust”.

Bolton provides patient care at Royal Bolton Hospital and at over 20 health centres and clinics, and has one of busiest A&E department in Greater Manchester.