A drive to
provide equal access to anti-virals during the recent pandemic
flu outbreak has led to Avon IM&T Consortium’s head of GIS,
Trevor Foster winning the Runner-Up in Organizational Impact
Award category of the 2010 Pitney Bowes Business Insight
GIS is used to
map and analyse healthcare providers, population statistics,
service development, travel and access, targets monitoring and
other areas so that the NHS can plan its best use and location
of many services.
pandemic, PCTs were tasked with ensuring that anti-virals were
readily available to all their local populations and that each
collection point should serve a maximum of 10,000 patients.
He devised a map
showing all the existing pharmacies, plus the ones that would be
community collection points, and segments showing areas covered
within 10, 20 minute and further driving times.
Trevor has been
invited to Miami to collect his award in May, his travel being
paid for by GIS software and data suppliers.
Trevor, a former
Army Cartographer who was involved in producing the first
official maps of the Falklands during that conflict in 1982,
said: “I was delighted to hear I had won this award especially
as it is rare for people outside America to win a Meridian
“There has been a lot of interest in our project and I think it
is being taken up elsewhere in the country.”