Medical records facility taking shape at hospital

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A new building for storing South Canterbury District Health Board’s (SCDHB) medical records is taking shape at Timaru Hospital.
The first stage of the project, due to be completed by next month, features a 400sq m building on the hospital site.
Foundations have been laid and the framework is going up as part of the first phase, which is expected to cost $450,000.
SCDHB general manager of information, finance and commercial Fiona Gellantly said the building would improve storage space and ensure medical records were kept in one central location.
‘‘The changes will ensure we remain compliant with the Public Records Act and allow us to realise workflow management efficiencies,’’ she said.
‘‘The new records system will provide a safer working environment for staff as it overcomes hazard concerns and workflows around the current clinical records processes. It will also ensure records are easily accessible during emergency situations.’’