Norfolk hospital shortlisted for innovation award

A team from the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital has been shortlisted for an award by the Health Service Journal (HSJ) magazine.

The team has been nominated for developing a single electronic referral system for discharged patients.

The aim of the awards is to demonstrate initiatives that have improved efficiency and cost savings, a hospital spokesperson said.

The HSJ Efficiency Awards 2011 are due to be held in London on 14 September.

According to the hospital the single point of referral system has helped reduce delays in patients getting access to the clinical therapy and support services they need.

Chief executive of Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, Anna Dugdale, said: "We have a good track record of innovation in Norwich and we're constantly looking for opportunities to improve the quality of care we provide.

"The challenge for health and social care over the coming years is to work together in partnership to improve the quality of the services we provide whilst reducing the cost."

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