Healthcare Technology

QR Code on hospital wristband

I was intrigued to find a QR code on my hospital wristband. I tried reading the QR code using QRReader but it didn’t recognise it. I wonder what it links to …

Can anyone read it or do you know what purpose it serves in the NHS?

Many thanks to Bob Killen (@MrBobbyTables) who managed to read it using Symbol barcode reader. It contained personal info (name & DOB) plus hospital number and NHS number. Bob was unsure which code-base they’re using but mentioned it has to be one of the ones listed here for the 4600g.

I still wonder what purpose it serves though as there was a barcode on the wrist band too? Are they planning to move from barcode to QR codes? (Cheaper alternative?)