Patients in Hull invited to free Telehealth service

People suffering from long-term heart and lung disease in Hull are invited to join a revolutionary NHS scheme to help improve their quality of life.

The Telehealth Service empowers people to monitor and manage their conditions and offers different levels of support based on individual needs.

Wendy Cuddihy, clinical lead for CHCP CIC’s Telehealth service, said: “We would like more people living with long-term heart and lung disease in Hull to join the free service and benefit from the opportunities to improve quality of life.”

“We also encourage doctors in Hull to refer suitable patients to the service and help create capacity in the wider healthcare system.”

Patients can now can avoid taking regular trips to see a GP and can be trained to take routine blood pressure and oxygen readings at home and sends these by automated telephone call service for analysis within NHS systems. If readings fall out of range, a member of the nursing team is alerted and gets in touch to take the appropriate action.

The Telehealth Service is delivered by City Health Care Partnership CIC and Inhealthcare, the North Yorkshire-based leader in digital health and remote patient monitoring.

The service offers a 3-6 month educational programme to enable people with long-term conditions to become more independent and recognise their symptoms by enhancing their knowledge of their condition, avoiding hospital admission and improving their quality of life.

Bryn Sage, chief executive of Inhealthcare, said: “We are passionate about helping people to lead longer and healthier lives and giving them the ability to take control of difficult and life-changing conditions. Our digital health and remote monitoring technology also creates capacity in the NHS for doctors and nurses to focus their time and attention on people who need help the most.”

The Telehealth Service went live in spring with more than 100 patients with heart failure or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.