A new smartphone app is revolutionising how nurses and doctors check the quality of care on their wards.

Staff at Whipps Cross Hospital in Leytonstone and other hospitals run by Barts Health NHS Trust say the Perfect Ward app saves them hours that would be spent writing up and analysing findings from paper-based audits.

The technology captures everything from ensuring patients have enough to drink to assessing the processes used to spot and treat sepsis infections or pressure ulcers. Health workers have access to the data without delay, meaning issues are more likely to be fixed sooner.

Barts Health Chief Nurse Caroline Alexander said: “This is going to revolutionise how we improve services. It means we can check the things that matter to our patients quickly and spot recurring trends at our fingertips."

Emma Calderon, senior sister on Syringa Ward at Whipps Cross Hospital added: “It is a more structured way of reviewing what we can improve on, and we are now more aware of the things we need to ensure we provide our patients with high quality care.”