The team first registered online with SecurMed – a straightforward process followed by a wait of around two weeks for their registration to arrive in the post. In the meantime, they ordered suitable 2D barcode scanners. You cannot perform any FMD scanning without a registration number so it is important that you register as soon as possible.
The trust has different pharmacy stock control systems at two of their hospitals, with each also having their own medicine goods-in and pharmacy services. This meant that a standalone solution was most appropriate for them. The team reviewed all the available FMD systems on the market and chose the system created by Alex Jennings at Aintree University Hospital – the most cost effective in the interim period for their trust.
The team also looked into upgrading their pharmacy robot to be FMD-compliant but found that costs were high due to the age of the equipment. They have plans to replace it in the future with a new model that they will make sure is FMD-compliant to avoid manual scans.
Prior to go live, Dan also worked with his trust’s IT team as software needed to be installed on each computer that would have an FMD scanner attached. Firewall settings were also altered to enable connection to the National Medicines Verification System (NMVS).