Royal Berkshire Hospital required rigorous pharmacy temperature monitoring to ISO15189 standards. This needed to be implemented across multiple sites where drugs are required to meet MHRA regulatory guidelines. Locations included Reading, Newbury, Thatcham, Windsor and Bracknell.
Royal Berkshire NHS is one of the largest general hospital foundation trusts in the country. While the main site is based in Reading, the Trust also specialise in providing:
The system needed to integrate with existing central pharmacy temperature monitoring hardware and monitor temperature-controlled medicines on the wards. The new system also needed to manage a number of local and central geographic sites, offer scalability, future-proofing, and display all hospital site data onto a single and central web user interface.
In terms of alarm functionality, Quality Control required calls, SMS and email notifications to be delivered to the correct personnel responsible at each individual monitored location, so action to resolve temperature or system breaches could be taken accordingly.
The sites are connected via dedicated IPSEC to IPSEC VPN for two-way data and alarm traffic. Because Tutela are licenced to VPN tunnel via the NHS network (BT-N3) Cat 5 cable is hardwired directly into the facilities ethernet ports. All data to and from the site travels directly through the secure VPN and is encrypted on both ends for ultimate lockdown.
The system is connected via the various trust networks back to the Tutela off-site server centre based in Fleet UK. From the Tutela server centre, all aspects of alarming, data gathering, audit trails and system data backup is managed.
The Tutela Projects team carried out ISO17025 calibration, commissioning and QQ validation during each installation phase.
Comprehensive training was provided onsite to administrator-level access. Online training videos are also available to support more infrequent users of the monitoring system.
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