New electronic records system launched in King’s Lynn hospital maternity unit

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A new electronic records system for mothers giving birth at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital is being launched today.

The move follows a major overhaul of maternity services at the Gayton Road site, including the opening of its Waterlily birth centre in 2015.

The measure will allow patients, midwives and GPs to access and update patient records.

Other care providers will also be able to access the BadgerNet system, with patient permission, which would allow help to be sought if a mother has complications while away from the area.

Director of nursing Emma Hardwick said: “Electronic records are an important development and will make a big difference to patients and staff.

“Over the last 18 months we have invested heavily in the maternity services to provide women with greater choice.”

Women who go into labour or have antenatal or postnatal appointments will be able to access the system from today.

Lesley Deacon, divisional head of women and children’s services, asked for patience as some appointments may run later than normal as the new system settles down.

But she added: “This system is going to give women better access and control of their records.

“My team and I are passionate about providing women with greater choice during their pregnancy.”