• Guy’s and St Thomas’ tenders 10-year £175m contract for new electronic patient record
  • Includes King’s College Hospital Foundation Trust and Royal Brompton and Harefield FT
  • One of the biggest hospital contracts for clinical IT in recent years

A major hospital trust has gone to market for a £175m overhaul of its IT systems, with an option to expand into two neighbouring trusts amid merger rumours.

Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust in south London has published an invitation to bid for a 10-year contract to overhaul its IT systems, worth up to £175m.

As well as a single electronic record for Guy’s and St Thomas’ FT, the tender said bids should include the option to expand any digital solutions across King’s College Hospital FT and Royal Brompton and Harefield FT.

King’s College Hospital FT has been rumoured to be on the path to merging with GSTT since they began sharing a chair in February.

Meanwhile, Royal Brompton is considering disposing of its main site in Chelsea and using the proceeds to build a new hospital on land owned by GSTT in inner south London.

At Guy’s alone, the contract would be one of the biggest IT procurements by an NHS trust in recent years, comparable to Cambridge University Hospitals “eHospital” programme.

The contract notice said, across the trusts, there would be an estimated 16,000 users at Guy’s, and a further 15,000 and 4,000 at King’s and Brompton respectively.

The notice issued by Guy’s said it currently had a “disparate number of clinical systems” and the new system would need to provide “direct access” for the local clinical commissioning groups.

It said: “Individually, these systems are well-established and used by staff as the primary application for their purpose. However, collectively the core applications provide differing capabilities in support of the day-to-day clinical and operational processes, which results in data not being integrated and managed as a single data set.

“This requires effort and cost to integrate views of data from different sources, additional time to view ‘longitudinal’ data about a patient through several applications, and in some cases manual re-entry by front line clinical staff of data captured elsewhere.”

Bidders must respond by 10 June.