On Track for Success

A system to track moveable medical equipment in Forth Valley Royal Hospital has been featured as a success story in the Clinical Services Journal. Problems locating certain items which had been ‘borrowed’ or tucked away in cupboards have been solved by the head of  Medical Physics Bryan Hynd, and his team of 14 staff  who are responsible for managing all  14,000 devices. This includes buying new equipment, carrying out planned maintenance and repairing faults.

Initially 1,000 medical devices were fitted with radio frequency identification tags and five fixed readers were installed in key areas of the hospital. In addition, eight hand-held mobile readers are used by the medical physics team when auditing wards. The benefits being experienced  in finding ‘lost’ equipment have allowed Bryan to  justify further investment and  rapidly expand the system.