The Royal Free Hospital London NHS Foundation Trust has now taken delivery of the Cruciform Patient Evacuation System (CPES), the first London Hospital to be so equipped. The Trust wants to ensure that if the hospital has to undertake an evacuation of it's patients, it can track and trace them using the unique GS1 numbers and bar codes. Clinicians will be able to maintain clinical care of their patients and relatives/friends can be reassured about their location and safety.
Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Hospitals in Kent already have the system and Frenchay Hospital in Bristol has started equipping their most critical areas with the system. Other Trusts are also considering the system.