A new app to help with capacity management which is currently in use at the Alexandra Hospital and due to launch at Worcestershire Royal in October has been praised by Rachel Maclean, MP for Redditch County.

During her visit to the hospital on Thursday, August 30th, Rachel met the creators of CAPP, Matthew Stott, Matt Turner, Thomas Taylor and Kevin Dockerty.

The app includes a seamless live bed status report that can be sent out across the Trust and to other care providers. It is hoped the app will stop duplication and speed up information sharing by providing easy escalation when required.

A two-week trial of CAPP began at the Alex back in July, and as of August 1st, the app is now fully rolled out across the hospital. At Worcestershire Royal Hospital, a trial will take place from September 10th, with the hope it will go-live in early October.

By moving away from paper-based reports to using an easily updatable app, this saves time and allows staff to have a ‘real-time’ view of the situation rather than wait for a paper report to be produced which can often be outdated by the time it is received.

There are two versions of CAPP, one is a live desktop version and the other is a live app-based version. The Capacity managers will be out updating the app and the information will be fed live into the hospital’s Capacity Hub.

The Capacity Managers will have access to all the information regarding patients needing admission as they go around the wards, and will be able to have an overview of how the hospital is coping with Ambulance activity at a glance. Capacity Managers will have everything they need to manage the capacity on-the-go without needing to find a computer or rush back to the hub.

The app will report all discharges directly to the discharge lounge. Discharge Lounge staff can use the app to report the second a patient is collected off a ward and the bed is ready for the next admission. This will help prevent duplicated calls to the busy wards asking for discharge information from the Discharge Lounge as the app will communicate all of this.

CAPP will soon be used by MAU staff to see who in A&E needs a bed, with doctors able to review who has been admitted and where that patient went to. It will also report which patients require a bed and which patients need to be admitted. At the regular bed meetings that take place discussing capacity management, the app can be utilised as a great visual tool to show each area’s latest situation.

CAPP is being improved every day and future updates will see more teams and IT systems from around the trust being bought together.

Rachel said: “It was absolutely fascinating to find out more about this amazing app during my visit to the Alex. What’s more fascinating is that this app is the first-of-its-kind being used in the country, and has been developed by the Acute Trust’s staff.

“This app is already helping the hospital with patient flow and capacity management, and I’m confident CAPP will be of great help to the Alex and Worcestershire Royal this coming Winter.”