CLIQ Remote saves vital time for nurses

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Installing the CLIQ Remote locking system made huge improvements in efficiency in administering medicine security at Scunthorpe General Hospital in the UK.


Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust runs three hospitals in the UK, separated by considerable distances and serving a wide population. It also provides a range of services delivered outside of hospital settings. Managing access to controlled medication is of vital importance.


Like many hospitals across the UK, Scunthorpe General Hospital used a traditional mechanical lock system to secure its medicine cabinets. Most wards generally had several cupboards and fridges with a different key for each and the ward manager/nurse in charge had possession of these for the duration of their shift.

However, this not only meant that a lot of nurses’ time was spent searching for who had the keys, but also time lost in trying to find out which key fitted which lock, which could result in the scenario that patients were left waiting for medication.

The Trust needed to find a way of being able to make this process more streamlined and easier for nurses to access keys, saving time and costs.


Scunthorpe Hospital installed ABLOY CLIQ Remote’s high-security electro-mechanical cylinders and keys, which were fitted to all of the medicine cabinets and cupboards as well as padlocks on fridges.

On top of this every nurse on the ward was provided with their own key, which was individually programmed to allow them access to the cupboards they needed to use.

The CLIQ technology provided the hospital with benefits such as easily being able to amend or delete access rights and collecting audit trails from the ABLOY CLIQ cylinders, coupled with the ability to easily delete lost or stolen keys from the system – ensuring that security remained a priority.

Mike Urwin, Clinical Director of Pharmacy and Medicine Management at Scunthorpe Hospital, says: “We undertook research to discover how much time was actually spent on nurses looking for keys; the results were astonishing."

“Typically a nurse spent an average of 40 minutes per shift looking for keys, this equates to 250 minutes lost on a ward every day. Over a year, if this equation was used across the whole of our 51 wards, the lost time would be the equivalent of having an extra 24 nurses on duty every day across the whole Trust.

“My recommendation would be that NHS Trusts should implement ABLOY CLIQ Remote locking system to improve medicine security and increase nursing care through the time saved not looking for medicine cupboard keys.”