A contentious IT system has gone live at its first trust, officials confirmed this morning.

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Trust implemented electronic patient record system Lorenzo Release 1.9 over the bank holiday weekend.

The move will mean firm Computer Sciences Corporation and sub-contractor iSoft will now be able to ask for payment from the government’s NHS IT programme.

An earlier deadline for implementing the system in March had been missed, with Department of Health director general for informatics Christine Connolly telling HSJ it could lose all its hospital contracts in the North, the Midlands and the East of England if it failed to come up with a convincing plan for Morecambe Bay.

Trust chief executive Tony Halsall said: “Becoming the first acute trust in England to implement Lorenzo is not only fantastic news for the trust and our staff, but also for our patients.

“All of our wards were brought live by the project team in a phased manner over the bank holiday weekend and by the morning of Sunday 30 May 2010, every ward in each of our hospitals was using Lorenzo. We expect to complete the full implementation of Lorenzo by Thursday 3 June 2010.

“The rollout of the new system has gone very smoothly and we couldn’t have done this without the support and dedication of our staff – both those on the wards who have embraced Lorenzo and those behind the scenes who have worked tirelessly to ensure that it went without a glitch.”