Merseyside’s largest hospital Trust, Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS, have embarked on an entire re-purpose, refresh and expansion of its current network infrastructure in partnership with cloud services provider ANS Group. The project will transform networking capabilities and underpin the delivery of IT services at the Trust’s landmark Royal Liverpool University Hospital new build.
Royal Liverpool Hospital has been at the heart of Liverpool and has been pioneering healthcare innovations for over 150 years. The new £335m Royal Liverpool University Hospital will replace outdating facilities with a world-class, modern care environment aimed at transforming the way that patient care is delivered.
The 12-storey construction, due to open summer 2017, is now a permanent fixture in Liverpool’s skyline with 646 single inpatient bedrooms all with individual en-suite rooms, 23 wards, a 40-bed critical care unit with 18 state of the art operating theatres.
The chosen network architecture utilises CISCO technology to provide a foundation for the digital hospital environment. David Walliker, director of IT at Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital NHS Trust and Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust, explains the key drivers behind the networking project:
“Our original aim was to create a medical-grade network designed with continuous operations to reduce clinical risk whilst improving the patient experience through new healthcare and IT service initiatives. We’ve now set the foundation to exceed all of our expectations.
“ANS’ design will allow the IT department to be seen as an enabler to change and will allow us to deliver on our vision to provide a framework of electronic products, processes and systems that come together as part of our innovative 5 Year IT Strategy: ‘Hospital 2.0’ will enable the Trust to become technology enabled, innovative, modern and electronic.
Walliker explains the Trust’s ambition to deliver global excellence in patient care in a bid to become the most sought after places to be treated anywhere in the world:
“At the new Royal we aim to provide a reliable wireless environment that patients and staff expect in their homes and in everyday life. A robust networking infrastructure will allow us to provide WiFi to patients so that they can communicate with family, friends and work colleagues throughout their stay, in addition to providing public health messages and guidance through the hospital.
“Fundamentally the new network will deliver the foundation for the new Liverpool Health Campus for improved patient outcomes and operational efficiency by connecting more ‘things’ onto the network. This will result in an increase in the amount of available information across the Trust for better decision making and support.
“The decisions we will now be able to make will help to improve the quality of life for our patients by providing exceptional, safe and accessible healthcare, which puts patient’s wellbeing at the heart of everything we do and enable us to continue to play a lead role in the development of a sustainable health system for the communities we serve.”
The new Royal aims to create a completely different kind of hospital at the heart of a radically renewed and improved local health service. The world-class hospital will offer one of the best hospital environments in the country, complete with a comprehensive cancer centre on site.
Paul Sweeney, CEO at ANS commented on the partnership:
“Across every sector we are seeing a demand for cloud enabled networks. Networks need to be cloud and mobile ready and encompass the speed and agility required whilst enforcing the enterprise security framework protecting corporate data. To achieve this we utilise next generation networking technologies such as software defined networking and software defined WAN.
“These technologies allow our customers to change and adapt much faster to business requirements, allowing their users to be more productive and their content rich applications to be available securely on any chosen device, in any location.”