Remote-monitoring service for people living with heart and lung diseases reduces A&E admissions in Norfolk
Tony said: “It provides great peace of mind and lots of people say how well I seem. Some people might be afraid of trying out new technology, but I try to advise them how good it is.”
He receives an automated call every day, at 11am, and gives readings for his weight, blood pressure, oxygen saturation and pulse.
His wife, Jan Robinson, 72, a retired auxiliary nurse, said: “It is very reassuring for me. If we have a problem, we are straight through to the heart failure nurse – and consultant if necessary – in a very short space of time.
“The problem is sorted out, usually through medication, and we don’t have to go back into hospital or see a GP. It saves a lot of waiting for doctors and cuts out a lot of anxiousness.”
Since its introduction, Norfolk Community Health and Care Trust has reported a reduction in A&E admissions and bed days among a group of high-dependency patients.