United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust has moved off paper records in its two main maternity wards after going live with System C’s Medway Maternity software.

The clinical system is being rolled out in a “phased” deployment over nine months at Pilgrim Hospital in Boston and Lincoln County Hospital, as well as five “satellite” clinics and a number of community sites in Lincolnshire.

Upon completion, System C Medway Maternity will help capture a complete record of maternal, foetal and newborn care for some 5,000 babies born annually in the county.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals is also deploying a Medway Maternity system that works offline in rural areas with poor connectivity. Using this system, community midwives can collect and upload data into forms which then automatically syncs with patient record once an internet connection becomes available.

Rebekah Calladine, matron for the community midwives and antenatal clinic, said: “The main benefits that stand out to me are that data relating to the quality and volume of the work we do is easily reported and readily available and we are now offering care in a safer way than ever. We are so proud of how much progress we have made.”

To date, nearly 10,000 pregnancies and 5092 births have been recorded on the system, System C claimed.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals is also using System C’s Medway Maternity Business Intelligence software to help improve the quality of clinical data it records.

Michael Humber, associate director of ICT/CIO of United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “The quality and quantity of the data we’ve been able to submit as part of the mandatory Maternity Services Data Set (MSDS) has increased significantly, with a number of benefits including improved processes in terms of providing data for Payment by Results.

“We have been consistently scoring high, and recently hit 10/10 for the Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts assessment criteria.”

Including the latest deployment in Lincolnshire, System C’s Medway Maternity system is used in 23 NHS maternity units across Britain.

Markus Bolton, System C’s joint CEO, said: “United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust should be proud of the improvements it has made to its maternity care record.  The trust and System C have work ed hard to make it happen and it’s great to see it reaping the rewards.”