King’s Lynn hospital staff win innovation awards

From left: Look East presenter Susie Fowler-Watt, Dr Peter Young, Maryanne Mariyaselvam, Dr John Gibson, Dr Anna Hutton and Dr Mark Blunt.

From left: Look East presenter Susie Fowler-Watt, Dr Peter Young, Maryanne Mariyaselvam, Dr John Gibson, Dr Anna Hutton and Dr Mark Blunt.

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Innovative staff at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital are celebrating after scooping awards.

Staff won two first prizes and were named as finalist for a third project in the 2014 Innovation Competition organised by Health Enterprise East, a leading NHS Innovation Hub.

Maryanne Mariyaselvam, Dr Peter Young and Dr John Gibson won the Kiss Communications Award for the Limpet Drug Trolley Alarm which is used on drug trolleys to prevent the risk of drug theft and tampering.

The alarm has a motion detector, alarm and camera. If the drug trolley is left open and unattended, the alarm starts to bleep and alerts the nurse to re-attend.

Dr Peter Young and Maryanne Mariyaselvam also won the Mathys & Squire LLP Award for Patient Safety for harnessing the antimicrobial effect in chlorhexidine, introducing a practical solution to maintain cleanliness when sterilising hospital equipment between patient use.

This practical solution will significantly improve the safety of patients and healthcare staff, as well as saving time for healthcare workers and delivering significant cost-savings.

Also a finalist was the SafeTwire Guidewire in the Medical Technology category. Devised by Dr Anna Hutton, Dr Peter Young, Dr Mark Blunt and Maryanne Mariyaselvam from QEH,this is an central venous cannula guidewire which reduces the risk of over-insertion and retention.

Winners receive a trophy and £2,000 to be used for further development of their ideas.