20th December 2011 - Ascribe has announced today the ‘Go Live' of the Ascribe Symphony Emergency Department ("ED") Clinical Solution in the University Dental Hospital at Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Ascribe's ED solution is an Electronic Patient Record (EPR) system designed to improve patient flow through the department, providing users with simple, yet comprehensive access to clinical information at ‘the point of care'.

The Dental Hospital is part of the Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) and is the latest of the hospitals to Go Live with Ascribe Symphony. It joins the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, Manchester Royal Infirmary and the Saint Mary's Hospital, which are all supported within the same Ascribe Symphony database. The Ascribe Symphony system will support the Trust's Emergency Department which serves over 42,000 patients a year.

The Trust have also invested in the Ascribe document scanning module MIDAs (Medical indexing and document access system), which allows for real time management of paper documents in the Emergency Department. This module enables authorised staff to instantly access records which provides a huge saving in time and a reduction in paperwork within the department.

To ensure the sharing of best practice, nursing staff rotate through the Accident & Emergency Departments at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital and at Manchester Royal Infirmary. Using a central Emergency Department clinical solution, the Trust can provide improved continuity of service and enhance patient safety.

Jackie Kitchen, Information & Development Manager of University Dental Hospital of Manchester, commented on the project:

"The go live day went very smoothly with only a few teething problems which were soon sorted, overall it has been received very well by the staff in the department. We now have a paper light system which has significantly reduced the time spent registering patients. We are now able to monitor patients throughout dental casualty and prevent patients waiting longer than necessary. We are using the Midas function which enables us to scan any documents to the patient, again reducing the amount of paper which would have otherwise been filed in case notes."

Stephen Critchlow, CEO at Ascribe, commented on the project: "This is the latest in a series of successful Go Lives from Ascribe at the Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and we are delighted that they can now benefit from having a truly integrated Emergency Department solution. At Ascribe, our integrated approach helps Trusts such as CMFT to improve health outcomes by enhancing their use of treatment and response data."


For further information, please contact:

Stephen Critchlow, CEO, Ascribe Ltd Tel: +44 (0) 870 053 4545

Simon Mehlman, Marketing Manager, Ascribe Ltd Tel: +44 (0) 870 053 4545

Notes to Editors:

About Ascribe Symphony Emergency Department solution

Ascribe Symphony is a Microsoft Windows TM based Electronic Patient Record (EPR) system designed to improve patient healthcare by providing clinicians and clerical staff with a comprehensive clinical information access & retrieval IT solution.

The solution is locally configurable and allows real-time monitoring against national standards, enabling users to measure improvements against key performance standards. The system can operate either on a stand-alone basis or it can be integrated into existing computer systems.

Symphony allows departments to monitor patient's progress, allocate resources and track performance targets. Symphony is installed in Emergency Departments in the UK, the Republic of Ireland and Australia. Over 20 million patients in the UK, Republic of Ireland and Asia Pacific have been registered on Symphony.

About Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Dental Hospital

The Dental Hospital was founded in 1883 and is one of the key specialist dental hospitals in the UK. In 1998, the Dental Hospital was nominated as the regional centre for the management of specialised Cleft Lip and Palate services. This service brought together a range of specialists, including surgeons, orthodontists and speech and language therapists, and became a template for 15 new regional centres across the UK. Around 90,000 patients attend for treatment every year. Situated on the Manchester University Campus, the Dental Hospital is part of the Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

About Ascribe

From Electronic Prescribing through to Paperless Clinical Management and even Pharmacy robotic interfaces, Ascribe's breadth of integrated systems has been proven to help Trusts improve their efficiency and cut costs.

Ascribe's clinical systems are robust and scalable, from departmental systems through to strategic enterprise-scale solutions. The company is a Microsoft Gold Partner. In addition to developing its own solutions, Ascribe provides professional consultancy services for Ascribe, Microsoft and other healthcare IT systems.

"The system paid for itself in two months", Senior NHS Clinical Manager.

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