Severn trust is to implement the Geac SmartStream financials system, in a £100,000 contract to make its accounting department Year 2000 ready.

It has adopted Geac's Smart Pack for Healthcare package to get the purchasing system installed as quickly as possible - expected to be only two months.

The trust is the first NHS body to select a 'thin client' implementation of the NT and SQL server-based suite. This means it does not need to invest significantly in new client PCs across its 150 separate sites.

Paul Bryant, Severn's project manager, says the software 'works well in a thin-client environment and is very easy for our staff to learn because it has a highly customisable interface'. With the Health Pack high-speed implementation package, Geac configured the Dell servers at its own site - so that little data transfer was needed once the system was installed at Severn.

'We just have to finish loading the data and we've got an up-and-running system,' said Mr Bryant.

Severn first began evaluating its Year 2000-compliance requirements in 1997 and quickly took the decision to adopt a completely new system rather than adapt its existing IT. The first stage of the new financials system - general ledger, accounts payable and accounts receivable - went live in April 1999. The second stage, covering project and asset management systems, will go live in July, with purchase order processing and stock management running from 1 September.