Digital pens to go national as Western Isles ‘lead the way’

Health Secretary Alex Neil got a demonstration of the Digital pens when he visited Stornoway's Western Isles Hospital in October.

Health Secretary Alex Neil got a demonstration of the Digital pens when he visited Stornoway's Western Isles Hospital in October.

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Digital pens for nurses, a technology pioneered by the Western Isles Health Board, is to be rolled out to other parts of Scotland.

Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, Alex Neil, who got a demonstration of the pens from nurses at the Western Isles Hospital in October, announced a £1million fund for mobile technology.

Speaking at the Royal College of Nursing Scotland conference last week Mr Neil said: “I’ve seen for myself the improvements in efficiency, productivity and patient care that having the right technology in place can bring.

“Technology is invaluable for nurses who work in community settings and through this new fund they will be able to choose what device is best for them.”

NHS Western Isles Chief Executive Gordon Jamieson said NHS Western Isles is “proud” to be the first Health Board to introduce the new technology.

He said: “In the words of the Health Minister, NHS Western Isles is ‘leading the way’ with this important new technology, and the potential benefits recognised locally have now been acknowledged nationally.”