THE Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust received thousands of pounds worth of funding which will be spent on hand-held computers for staff.
Almost £400,000 was awarded to the trust which will be spent on tablets for midwives and nurses.
Staff will use the devices at work to help support the way they care for patients.
The trust won the money from the Nursing Technology Fund, which was launched by Prime Minister David Cameron and led by NHS England.
The Samsung Galaxy tablets, which come with a digital pen, will be used by nursing staff at North Devon District Hospital in Barnstaple as well as the 17 community hospitals the trust manages in Exeter, North, Mid and East Devon.
Bev Cox, assistant director of nursing, who is leading the trust’s project, said: “We were ecstatic when we heard our application was successful.
“This will offer our nursing staff a great opportunity to lead the way in using modern technology to support them to deliver safe, high-quality, patient-centred care.
“These mobile devices can be used at the patient’s bedside, putting valuable information at a nurse or midwife’s fingertips and allowing them to input and access data electronically at the point of care.
“Staff will be able to work more efficiently and flexibly and spend more face-to-face with the people they care for, ultimately benefiting our patients.”
The trust’s award of £388,700 was the 28th highest in the country of the 86 given out by the Nursing Technology Fund.
Jeremy Hunt, secretary of state for health, said: “Innovative new technologies such as digital pens, tablets and clinical software mean staff can spend more time with patients, not paperwork, and offer safer care.
“This fund will allow nurses and midwives to develop new, more modern ways of working that will benefit staff and patients.”
Alongside the award, the trust is separately buying a series of iPads for use by senior clinical staff.
In total, about 350 tablets and iPads will be rolled out to all the trust’s hospitals and wards in the next six months.