Telehealth scheme proving popular

Rachel Wilkinson visitng Ronald Carr at home as part of the Telehealth Scheme''w111508  Picture: Ceri Oakes
Rachel Wilkinson visitng Ronald Carr at home as part of the Telehealth Scheme''w111508 Picture: Ceri Oakes

A SYSTEM that allows patients to be monitored from home is receiving sparkling reviews from its users, according to a new NHS survey.

Telehealth makes it possible for patients with a long term condition such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart failure or diabetes to have their condition monitored from home.

In North Yorkshire telehealth has accounted for a 50 per cent reduction in the number of unplanned hospital admissions.

Ronald Carr (77), of Rosedale Close, suffers from COPD and was the first patient in North Yorkshire to sign up to the telehealth scheme.

His illness leaves him constantly short of breath and unable to walk more than a few yards.

Prior to the scheme he was in hospital regularly for check-ups and to receive his medication.

However, since joining the scheme, he says he has not been in hospital once.

Mr Carr said: “We are very happy with the service.

“I would encourage other people to use it because it gives you peace of mind.

“Every morning at 11 o’clock it calls and asks for blood pressure, temperature and some other vital signs.

“It instantly registers through their head office and if there’s anything untoward they ring back and tell me to take my medication, to get a doctor, or to even call an ambulance.”

Over 500 patients in North Yorkshire have now been referred to telehealth by their medical professional and Kerry Wheeler, assistant director of strategy at NHS North Yorkshire and York, said: “The results of the survey speak for themselves and are further evidence of the huge positive impact telehealth is having on local patients’ lives.”

For more information about telehealth visit www.nyytelehealth.co.uk.