Caring for patients with new technology

A NEW project has been launched by Scarborough Hospital to refer around 100 heart failure patients for telehealth – a new technology that enables them to monitor their vital signs from the comfort of their own home.

The project has received funding from the Health Innovation and Education Cluster (HIEC) and aims to support the referral of around 100 heart failure patients for telehealth by the end of the calendar year.

The project is being led by Tim Houghton and Anwar Memon, Consultant Cardiologists at Scarborough, with support from specialist nurse Annette Squires.

Additional support is being provided by NHS North Yorkshire and York as part of their “Telehealth and long term conditions” project.

Mr Houghton said: “Telehealth will give us the opportunity to monitor patients from a distance so that our specialist team can intervene when necessary to prevent deterioration in symptoms.

“This means that patients with heart failure are hopefully less likely to be admitted to hospital and can remain in the comfort of their own home.

“Telehealth has great potential to empower patients with heart failure and help us manage their condition in the best way possible.”

Telehealth involves a small electronic device being fitted in the patient’s home which is connected to their phone line.

The patient uses a range of wireless devices to record vital signs such as oxygen levels, blood pressure, weight and temperature. Readings are then sent to a central monitoring centre.